The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of Vermont. It expired at 10 p.m. Friday.
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for damaging thunderstorms that are capable of producing a tornado. A tornado warning would mean a tornado is imminent or approaching in minutes.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect across Vermont, with severe thunderstorm watches declared in other parts of the state, as well as parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
The risk of strong to severe storms Friday is highest in parts of Western New England, especially Vermont. Localized wind damage and lightning are the biggest threats, but there is so much wind in the upper layers of the atmosphere that there is even a low risk of a tornado.
The storms will tend to weaken as they move towards the coast.
After midnight the front departs, with storms following. Skies will clear but it stays windy. Some gusts will be in the 40 to 50 mph range, especially over the hilly terrain.
That wind brings low humidity and sunshine for Saturday. Highs will reach the 60s and 70s after starting the day in the 50s.
Mostly cloudy skies return on Sunday, however, with a few spotty showers. This will be light and isolated activity, so most of the day in any one spots will end up being dry.
Next week will feature temperatures in the 60s to near 70, with plenty of sunshine. A few showers arrive towards the end of the week.