After morning fog and abundant sunshine this afternoon, thunderstorms and high winds are expected to move across the state, a local meteorologist said Tuesday morning.
“We’re looking at the potential and likelihood of torrential downpours, gusty winds, some hail,”said Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center. “Some of the winds could gust over 55 miles per hour.”
Lessor said the rain would be “quick moving” and will move “briskly” across the state but not all in the state will see damaging winds and hail. He said severe conditions are likely in the northern parts of Fairfield and New Have counties as well as all of Litchfield county and Hartford counties.
[This Afternoon] Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon/evening. Primary risks will be localized strong damaging wind gusts, hail, along with heavy rain/poor drainage street flooding. Remember to keep an eye to the sky today! pic.twitter.com/Px7uVcVfvs
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) May 15, 2018
Severe thunderstorms are possible between 2 and 9 p.m., according to The National Weather Service out of Boston, which has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the northern part of the state, warning of damaging winds, isolated hail and heavy rain. It also warned of a “low risk” of an isolated tornado across western and central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.
Lessor said there’s a few towns in New England, as well as New York and Pennsylvania that could see a tornado this afternoon.