Tornado Watch for Berkshire County
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – There is a Wind Advisory Remains in Effect for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties from 4 pm this afternoon to 6 am Tomorrow.
There is also a High Wind Warning Remains in Effect for Berkshire County Until 6 am tomorrow.
And a Tornado Watch Is In Effect For Berkshire County Until 11 Pm This Evening.
Heavy rain and wind will continue to overspread western Massachusetts through the evening and overnight hours.
A developing area of low pressure is sliding up the coast bringing with it heavy rain, wind and even some severe weather to parts of the northeast.
South-Southeasterly winds will continue to increase and will gust over 40 mph in the valley and up to 60 mph across the hills and Berkshires later this afternoon through late tonight as the flow increases out ahead of cold front. The wind will come with periods of heavy rain and even a few thunderstorms with one or two of them possibly being strong to severe.
With winds shifting with height, from the south into the west, some rotation could develop within any severe storm. This means an isolated tornado is not out of the question, especially across the lower Berkshires and into Connecticut. In fact, parts of Connecticut are under a Tornado Watch.
The heavy rain could lead to some minor street flooding and the gusty winds have the potential to down small trees and branches that could lead to scattered power outages, especially across the higher terrain where winds will be the strongest.
Showers will become more numerous this afternoon. The steadies, heaviest rain will fall tonight and will likely wind down during tomorrow morning’s commute. A solid 2-3+” of rain is likely before it winds down. (Heaviest/steadiest rain between 7pm -3 am)
Conditions will quickly improve tomorrow with developing sunshine and decreasing winds.
Dan Brown, Brittany Decker, & Ed Carroll