Weather Alert Day: Strong or severe thunderstorms possible overnight

Damaging winds would be the main threat if storms develop

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team declared Wednesday to be a Weather Alert Day due to the potential for a strong or severe thunderstorm through the night and into the morning.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday; and for Berkshire County from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Gusts of wind could possibly be up to 60 miles per hour.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible through the overnight hours. Severe storms are not likely, but not impossible. The wind will pick up after midnight, and there will be gusts over 30 miles per hour.

Thursday morning’s temperatures will be in the 40’s, so plan on a dry, but very windy day. Gusts could be over 40 miles per hour, especially during the middle of the day.

High temperatures will be during the first half of the day. Temperatures will fall through the 40’s and into the 30’s before sunset Thursday, and will be a mostly sunny day.

Location: 

  • All of western Massachusetts has a chance for a strong or severe storm
  • Worst and most widespread storms today will be well south and southwest of Massachusetts

Threats:

  • Damaging winds are the main concern
  • There is a low (non-zero) risk for a brief tornado. A brief tornado would be one that spins up quickly, but doesn’t stay down on the ground very long.
  • Lightning, street flooding and small hail would also be possible

Uncertainty:

  • Uncertainty is high on whether storms develop or not
  • Plenty of weather ingredients are missing from what would typically bring severe weather to the area
  • A number of other weather factors could mean that if storms do manage to develop, they could be strong or severe

Remember:

  • The safest place to be during a storm is inside and in the lowest level of your home.
  • Some severe storms can cause more damage than a tornado and should be taken seriously.
  • If a “Watch” is issued then Prepare
  • If a “Warning” is issued then Act!
  • Download our FREE 22News Storm Team Weather App in order to get weather alerts sent your way.
More Information:
Local Forecast Severe WX Text Alerts
Temperatures Severe WX Email Alerts
Weather News WWLP 22News WX App
Interactive Radar Live Area Webcams

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