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Strong to severe storms likely later today

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It's a quiet start to the day but we are expecting thunderstorms later today. A few storms could be strong to severe with heavy rain and wind!  High clouds will start to roll in this morning ahead of our next storm system but we are not expecting much if any rain this morning. 

A strong area of low pressure will move from the Great Lakes into northern New England. With our very high dew points remaining firmly in place and instability decreasing going into the afternoon, isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop. From about 2pm on, showers and thunderstorms are possible-some of which becoming strong to severe, with strong wind gusts, small hail, frequent lightning, and torrential rain possible. There will be a time frame this afternoon into the early evening where an isolated tornado could be possible as well.

A cold front remains to our northwest tonight keeping us warm and humid with occasional showers and t'storms. The severe weather threat should diminish overnight.

Tomorrow will also stay warm and humid and with a cold front coming through in the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms are likely. Our severe chances are low tomorrow, but heavy rain could lead to localized flooding. 

Less humid air finally begins pushing south into western Mass tomorrow night as a trough builds overhead. We will feel more comfortable Sunday with dew points in the 50s and temps in the 70s, but clouds linger as surface low pressure passes to our south. A shower or two could creep into our area Sunday with the best chance of rain across Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Mass.

Monday looks nice with temps in the 70s and dew points in the 50s under a mixture of sunshine and cloud.  Clouds gradually increase Tuesday, but overall we will still see a decent day. Our next warm and cold front will bring a rise in humidity and rain chances late Tuesday into Wednesday. 

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