CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts could be dealing with some thunderstorms Tuesday night, with at least the potential for strong winds.
The Storm Prediction Center had placed most of western Massachusetts in the “marginal” risk category for severe thunderstorms Tuesday morning, meaning that there is a risk that some storms that reach the area could be severe. Their outlook for storms shifted slightly to the west, however, with only the western edge of Berkshire County now under the marginal risk. There is a stronger risk in portions of upstate New York.
Meteorologist Nick Bannin says that the 22News Storm Team will keep a close eye on the intensity of thunderstorms as they move through New York State toward western Massachusetts. The strength of these storms to our west, as well as whether they hold together after the sun goes down, will determine our risk for severe weather as the night goes on.
Also, if it remains cloudy all day in western Massachusetts, storms that do make it into the area would tend to weaken rather quickly, as the atmosphere over us would be more stable. If breaks of sunshine develop this afternoon, the atmosphere would be more unstable, and therefore more hospitable for thunderstorms to hold together in the evening and overnight.
Along with the threat of damaging winds, lightning and heavy downpours could also be a concern. While we do need the rain, prolonged downpours may pose a street flooding risk.
Stay with 22News and WWLP.com throughout the day as we track our potential for storms.
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