Severe weather expected to affect 60 million Americans Monday

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

Listen out for weather alerts later in the day, and be ready to cancel or postpone your outdoor plans in the early evening.

Today's severe thunderstorm watch comes on top of an earlier flash flood warning for most of upstate NY.

Southeastern Massachusetts is at a "marginal risk" for severe weather, it said, and Western Massachusetts is at an "enhanced risk", for storms that could include torrential rain, damaging winds, hail, and possibly even an isolated tornado.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from noon through late Monday night in the depicted bright green zone. The strongest storms are expected to bring lightning strikes and 40-60 mile-per-hour wind gusts, with quarter-sized hail also a possibility.

The Storm Prediction Center is now anticipating a slight to enhanced risk of scattered nasty thunderstorms as depicted here in this chart.

The area of Upstate New York highlighted in yellow is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. today.

The threat for severe weather will be with us during the afternoon & evening hours.

Over two inches of rain are forecast for the western part of the state, compared to under an inch in the greater Boston area. By the time the activity arrives in coastal New England, the heating of the day will have terminated so some weakening is expected.

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