Severe thunderstorm & flash flood watches in effect for parts of western Mass.

The strongest storms are expected this afternoon into the early evening.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After storms and downpours caused flooding and some isolated wind damage on Wednesday, we could do it all again today.

The 22News Storm Team has declared Thursday another Weather Alert Day ahead of the potential for more hazardous weather.

  • A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for southwest Berkshire County until 3:30 p.m.
  • A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for HampdenHampshire, and Berkshire Counties until 9:00 p.m.
  • A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Hampden and Hampshire Counties until 8:00 p.m., and in Berkshire County until 9:00 p.m.

The main concern today into early this evening is again for flash flooding due to very heavy rain and slow moving storms. A few storms may also be strong or severe with some isolated wind damage possible. Small hail isn’t out of the question, but it’s not very likely.

Here’s what we’re expecting:


  • 1:30 – 4:00 PM: Isolated to scattered downpours and a few storms possible. Mainly Hampshire, Hampden and Southern Berkshire County. Severe weather threat looks isolated. Storm movement is from West to East/Southeast.
  • 4:00 – 9:00 PM: Widespread soaking rain & storms arrives from west to east. This is when the potential for flash flooding is at its greatest.


  • MAIN THREAT: Heavy rain causing flash flooding and lightning
  • SECONDARY THREAT:  A few strong or severe storms could possibly bring isolated wind damage or small hail


  • If a road is covered in water, “turn around, don’t drown”
  • If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to a storm to get struck by lightning. Lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from a storm.
  • If a Severe Thunderstorm develops, tree damage and power outages would be possible.
  • Stay with 22News on air and have the 22News Storm Team Weather App to stay ahead of potentially dangerous weather. Download here. 
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