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First Warning

Line of strong storms approaching Hampden County

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It's already been an active day as the ingredients in the atmosphere are coming together to produce severe storms across the area. With the threat of severe weather, we have declared today a First Warning Weather Day. A cluster of showers and thunderstorms has already moved through western Massachusetts. 

This first batch only produced some heavy rain and thunder.

However, more intense storms will likely fire up later this afternoon. 

  • A Tornado Watch is in effect for Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties until 11 p.m.
  • A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Franklin County until 8 p.m.
  • A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties until 11 p.m.

Leftover showers and clouds will give way to breaks of hazy sunshine this afternoon as we continue to become increasingly more humid. At the same time an upper level disturbance and a cold front will head our way. These systems will punch into western Mass. and will likely bring another round of numerous showers and storms, a few of which are likely to become severe.

Any storm that develops this afternoon or evening has the potential to bring heavy rain, damaging wind, in excess of 60 mph, and medium to large hail. It's not out of the question that an isolated tornado or two spins up somewhere in southern New England. The time table for this second round of severe weather would be from about 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Strong winds aloft will be taped into as these thunderstorms build high into the sky. This will allow for these damaging winds to be driven to the ground in any storm that develops this afternoon. There is also some low lever turning of winds with height which means a spin up or tornado is not of the question. It certainly would be the exception and not the rule but something definitely worth mentioning.

If you see the storm building or hear thunder head indoors right away. Stay away from windows and even better go to an interior room or your basement until the storm has passed. Stay with Western Mass News for the very latest!

By the way, on the other side of the front it will turn drier and pleasant for tomorrow and Thursday.

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