A tornado watch that was issued for parts of western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont has been cancelled, the National Weather Service confirms.
The watch was in effect for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts, Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut and Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont.
A tornado warning was in effect for some time in Bennington County, Vermont, but that warning expired.
The watch was issued because conditions favored the development of dangerous thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. Of course, severe thunderstorms without tornadoes may still impact the region with damaging wind and large hail. Our Early Warning Weather Team will continue providing live radar coverage of storms on-air and online.
If your neighborhood is in a Tornado Watch, remain weather aware by keeping up with the forecast and the latest radar, and be prepared to immediately seek shelter in the lowest level of a sturdy building if a tornado warning is issued. Those warnings will be issued if a tornado is confirmed or imminent.
As always, your necn Early Warning Weather Team will continue to provide radar analysis, street-level forecasts, critical information to save life and property, and suggested actions through our continuing coverage. In addition to our live coverage, you can stay up-to-date with the latest weather information via necn.com’s weather page, and our necn mobile app.
Tornado tips from ready.gov:
- Take shelter immediately! Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries.
- Keep windows closed and stay away from them. Glass from broken windows can injure you.
- If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. That’s the safest location.
- If you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter. Even if tied down, your home can’t protect you.
- If you’re driving, fasten your seatbelt and go to the nearest building for cover. You’re safer indoors.
- If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows. You’re safer inside the car than outside.
- If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands. You’re safer lying down than standing up.
Matt Noyes' full forecast for the 4th of July weekend is below:
Though a fantastic holiday weekend is expected, there are some big bumps to get through in the second half of Friday.
Noticeably increasing humidity Friday afternoon touches off some showers and downpours in and of itself, but the approach of an energetic disturbance from the west will serve to increase thunderstorm areal coverage and intensity Friday evening.
Overall, we expect Friday afternoon showers and downpours to pop in Southern New England between 1 and 5 p.m., slowly drifting north into Southern New Hampshire, then an area of thunderstorms off the Atlantic Ocean arrive to the Cape for early evening.
Meanwhile, strong thunderstorms - some with damaging wind - will be moving east out of New York, crossing New England from 5 p.m. to midnight, west to east, likely postponing fireworks for some communities. The unfortunate part about storms that develop on a surge of humidity is they often last into the night, and can sometimes feature rotating winds within them, so we'll remain on-guard with live radar updates Friday evening.
After midnight Friday night, storms move out and skies clear, save for some mountain and North Country showers that will remain scattered through the first half of Saturday. Otherwise, a great holiday weekend is in store with no significant storms, great BBQ weather by day and great fireworks weather by night.
Next week, the exclusive NECN Early Warning Weather 10-day continues to show classic mid-summer weather. Keep and eye to the sky today and this evening and otherwise... enjoy!