By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 4,2017, 8:24:46AM,EDT
Additional rounds of locally severe thunderstorms are expected across parts of eastern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula late this week.
A slow-moving storm system will produce showers and thunderstorms from northern Greece into Poland, Belarus and western Ukraine.
The worst weather is expected from Niš, Serbia, to Lviv, Ukraine, with locally severe thunderstorms erupting through Thursday evening.
"Similar to on Wednesday, the greatest threat from the strongest thunderstorms will be hail," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Wednesday's severe thunderstorms unleashed hailstones with diameters ranging from 2-5 cm (0.75-2 inches). Hail this large can damage vehicles and the siding of homes, as well as inflict bodily harm.
"There can also be localized flash flooding and damaging winds," Pydynowski said. "An isolated tornado touching down cannot be ruled out."
Localized rainfall amounts over 25 mm (1 inch) per hour are possible, which can result in flash flooding.
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All of the thunderstorms will force residents indoors by sparking frequent lightning. Remember to seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard to avoid being struck.
While the greatest threat for severe weather will be into Thursday, there will continue to be widespread showers and thunderstorms across the Balkan Peninsula on Friday, with isolated severe thunderstorms from northern Greece into southwestern Ukraine and far eastern Slovakia.
"Hail is likely to be the main severe weather risk in the northern part of Friday's risk zone," Pydynowski said.
An unsettled weather pattern will persist across eastern Europe into next week, bringing several additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms.