Weather Alert: Hail, wind and heavy downpours possible with afternoon storms

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The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert through Thursday afternoon for heavy rain & thunderstormswhich could include hail, lightning, and damaging winds.

This morning we’ve got scattered showers and brief downpours, but the intensity of these showers should be lighter than what’s coming for the second half of the day.

An area of widespread heavy rain & thunderstorms will arrive around midday and last through the afternoon hours. Be ready for torrential downpours, lightning, hail, and damaging wind. Not all of us will get a strong to severe thunderstorm, but there is the chance from 1pm-4pm today.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed MOST of western Massachusetts at a “Marginal Risk” for severe weather, which means isolated severe storms are possible. Part of northern Franklin & Berkshire Counties are NOT in the SPC’s Marginal Risk threat. Bottom line, we could all get storms/downpours, but the strongest will likely be farther south, southwest.

In addition, even after the storms/downpours are done, it will remain gusty into tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for ALL of western Massachusetts:

WIND ADVISORY: Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties from 4PM-9PM. Gusts Over 40 MPH Possible.

WIND ADVISORY: Berkshire County from 2PM-MIDNIGHT. Gusts Over 40 MPH Possible.

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