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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Afternoon

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of western Massachusetts and southern New England under a slight risk for Severe Weather this afternoon.

A warm front will lift through the area this morning as clouds break to some sunshine. It will become warm and muggy later on as well.  The return to the heat and humidity will lead to afternoon showers and thunderstorms.  A few storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and large hail. The Storm Prediction Center gives us a 2% chance for a tornado to develop, which is low. The best chance for getting hit with a storm will between 3 pm – 9 pm. The main concern with these storms will be the potential for large hail and damaging winds. These storms will also contain torrential downpours that could lead to some areas of flash flooding.

Criteria for a Severe Thunderstorm:  Wind gusts over 58 mph, Hail larger than 1″ in diameter, a storm produces a tornado.
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