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1:30 pm Severe Weather Update For Western & Central Mass

I continue to keep an eye on 2 areas of thunderstorm activity -

1. The thunderstorm development that's located along a trough of low pressure out ahead of the main cold front that's currently pushing across the region. So far, these storms have remained just below severe limits, but recent radar trends indicate that they seem to be increasing in intensity from Palmer and Brookfield northward to Hubbardston. This is something that I'll be watching closely and will notify you immediately if they become severe. This first area of storms will push out of the area by about 2:30 pm or so.

2. A line of intensifying thunderstorms now located across central New York State are lined up right along the cold front. These thunderstorms will need to be watched extremely closely as I think that they will strengthen as they push eastward into a more favorable environment for severe weather. Based on the current movement these storms will push across Western Mass between 4 pm and 5 pm and then across Central Mass between 5:30 pm and 7 pm.

This line of thunderstorm will likely be capable of producing wind gusts of up to 55-70 mph, a tornado threat, very frequent lightning and torrential downpours.

Frequent additional updates will be posted as needed.

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