Scattered Severe Thunderstorms Expected This Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass: A cold front is expected to push eastward from eastern New York State into southern New England this afternoon. The atmosphere ahead of this front is warm with high temperatures in the low 80s, humid, unstable and there is a lot of wind shear present.
This all means that at least a few severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind gusts of up to 60-70 mph, hail up to the size of golf balls and a couple of tornadoes this afternoon across Western and Central Mass.
Radar imagery currently indicates that there are scattered thunderstorms now occurring over central and south-central New York State. These storms are expected to move into Western Mass by early this afternoon with these storms likely becoming strong to severe by then.
So, I can easily envision that we will probably see a couple of rounds of thunderstorms this afternoon. The first round during the early afternoon hours and then a second round that will take the form of a squall line between 3 pm and 6 pm today.
So, a few of the thunderstorms this afternoon will be strong to severe. While strong wind gusts of up to 60-70 mph and hail will be the main threat, a tornado or two is definitely a possibility given the strong atmospheric wind shear that is present.
The cold front which will bring the thunderstorms will push off of the New England coast this evening and this will lead to a sunny to partly sunny Thursday with less humidity and cooler temperatures with highs between 70 and 75 Degrees.