Severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon in much of New England. Some of these storms could become quite severe with damaging winds in excess of 60-70 mph, brief torrential rainfall, frequent cloud to ground lightning, and large hail in diameter of over the size of golf balls. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well. Don't let the partly cloudy and calm skies fool you this morning. Anytime after 3PM, we are all under the gun for these potentially life threatening storms. So if you are on the baseball field this afternoon and the sky darkens and storms look immenent, you know the drill, get to a shelter and be safe.
Here is the statement for today's severe weather from the NWS out of Taunton, MA...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE TODAY ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.THE GREATEST THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE THIS AFTERNOON IN THE INTERIOR...MAINLY NORTHWEST OF THE I95 CORRIDOR. THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD WEAKEN AS THEY APPROACH THE COAST EARLY THIS EVENING.
A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND LATE TODAY. THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AHEAD OF THIS FRONT THIS AFTERNOON AND MAY ORGANIZE INTO A SQUALL LINE. DAMAGING STRAIGHTLINE WINDS GUSTS WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREAT...BUT LARGE HAIL IS ALSO POSSIBLE.
I will update the situation later this afternoon around 2-3PM, when any watch would be already in place.