Tornado watch cancelled for all of western Massachusetts

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Tornado Watch issued by the National Weather Service on Friday for all of western Massachusetts has been cancelled. A tornado watch is issued when conditions exist in which there is a risk for tornadoes. It is different from a Tornado Warning, which means that a tornado is already happening, or is imminent.

If a Tornado Warning is issued, you should take shelter. The safest place to be on the lowest story of your house. If you do not have a basement, get to an interior room of your house, and stay away from windows.

22News Storm Team declared Friday a Severe Weather Alert Day due to the potential for a few strong or severe storms from the afternoon into the evening. The afternoon thunderstorms were isolated and some scattered strong to severe storms are possible through midnight.

Timing:

  • 5pm-Midnight: Widespread Rain & Thunderstorms Arrive from West to East
  • After Midnight: Drying Out
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Threats:

  • Frequent Lightning
  • Heavy Rain Leading to Street Flooding
  • Damaging Winds
  • Lower Risk for Hail
  • Very Low (but not zero) Risk for a Tornado

Location

  • All of Western Massachusetts is at risk for strong or severe storms
  • The severe thunderstorm threat decreases as you head east out of Western Massachusetts

Uncertainty

Uncertainty is decreasing as most of the ingredients for severe weather are coming together.

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