BOSTON, Massachusetts — A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Massachusetts Tuesday, including central Massachusetts. Strong storms are starting to move into the region, threatening many community members significantly. Most of the state is now under a severe thunderstorm warning.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Berkshire County, Hampden County, Franklin County, Hampshire County and Worcester County through 9 p.m. The watch extends into parts of the surrounding states of Vermont, New York, and Connecticut.
Tornado Watch Comes Amid Other Massachusetts Storms
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Essex County, Bristol County, Middlesex County, Plymouth County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County. The watch is valid through 9 p.m.
A line of strong storms will move through between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Meteorologist Chris Lambert said. The storms will start to intensify around 5 p.m., according to Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner. The system will work from west to east, arriving in Boston around 6 p.m.
“Some of the storms could have some brief, heavy rain and frequent lightning,” Reiner said.
The greatest storm risks will be heavy rain and strong winds. Temperatures in the 80s and high humidity levels could produce severe weather conditions but the probability for hail or a tornado is low. Still, the National Weather Service felt that the tornado advisory was necessary so people prepared adequately for the approaching storms.
Temperatures will climb into the 80s across most of the state. However, southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod will be cooler than the rest of the state.
The storms will leave behind cooler conditions. in fact, temperatures are only expected be in the 60s on Wednesday. This will certainly be a welcome reprieve for Massachusettsans. After all of these intense storms, it will be great to return to something a bit more normal temperature-wise.