Severe Thunderstorm Watch for western Massachusetts

Damaging wind, lightning and heavy rain are the main concerns.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – While most of Tuesday will just be hot and humid during the day, some storms and downpours become increasingly likely after dark. All of western Massachusetts is currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 12:00 A.M. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms.

Due to this threat, the 22News Storm Team has declared Tuesday a Storm Team Weather Alert Day.

A line of strong or severe thunderstorms developed in New York State and Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon and will continue moving eastward into early evening, bringing the threat for storms into western Massachusetts later tonight. While typically storms arrive in the late afternoon and early evening, today’s storm threat is later into the night and may come as some of you are sleeping or heading to bed.

Timing:

  • 2PM-9PM: Slight chance for an isolated storm/shower
  • 9PM-3AM (Wednesday): Best chance for scattered to widespread storms, some may be strong or severe

Severe Weather Potential:

  • Highest risk for strong/severe storms will be in New York State & Pennsylvania
  • Our risk depends on how well storms hold together after dark, storms typically lose intensity as the sun fades
  • Severe weather chances will be highest over Berkshire County and western Franklin County

Threat:

  • Damaging winds
  • Lightning
  • Heavy rain that could cause street flooding

Preparedness:

  • Given the nighttime storm threat, make sure you have a source for severe weather alerts that is loud enough to wake you up if necessary
  • If a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued, prepare for the potential for severe weather
  • If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued, severe weather is occurring or about to occur and you need to head indoors into a sturdy building immediately.
  • Stay with 22News and don’t forget to watch 22News on the CW Springfield at 10PM and on 22News at 11PM as we track storms late into the evening.
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