Thunder, Hail Storm Knocks Down Trees, Causes Power Outages

Though morning fog and clouds yield to mild sunshine with highs in the 60s today, an incoming energetic disturbance is carrying cold air aloft, and that's sure to develop building clouds and scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect for Massachusetts and Maine on Thursday afternoon, but they have since expired.

The storm produced damaging winds and hail in some areas. Large hail was reported in Maine, strong winds and downed trees in Massachusetts, and upwards of 6,000 power outages in New Hampshire.

A reminder - if a thunderstorm heads for your town, take shelter indoors as it passes, since cloud-to-ground lightning will likely be ongoing with some of these today. In fact, the air is so cold above our heads, that some hailstones are probable in heavier storms, and could even coat the ground for some!

Drivers should also be prepared for low visibility and avoid flooded roads.

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Friday is expected to be about 10 degrees colder for all of us, with some morning snow showers in the Green and White Mountains producing one to three inches of elevation snow.

Elsewhere, morning sun yields to building clouds again, with scattered afternoon showers and perhaps another rumble of thunder. All of this is marking incoming chilly air for the weekend, and though most of Saturday and Sunday are fair, the air will be cold enough that our next incoming storm Sunday evening through Monday morning will bring a combination of rain and snow.

In fact, we see a greater than 70 percent chance that Eastern New England sees something from that storm, and the same chance most of us see some snow. It's too early to pin down an axis of 6-plus inches, if there is to be one.

In typical March fashion, milder temperatures follow in the 10-day and will make for quick melting next week.

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Storm Brings Lightning, Hail, Rainbow to New England

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