Strong storms expected Saturday afternoon and evening – Hartford Courant


Weather experts caution that thunderstorms headed for Connecticut in the late afternoon and early evening Saturday may hold the potential for damaging wind, hail and torrential rains.

After scattered storms Saturday morning, thunderstorms are expected to follow the afternoon sunshine, according to Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center.

“This second round of thunderstorms have the potential to be strong to severe with damaging winds and hail. The more sunshine that occurs, then better the chance the storms are strong. The Storm Prediction Center has the state in a slight risk. A 15 percent chance for damaging winds and 5 percent chance of hail,” Lessor said.

The storms will develop in northwestern Massachusetts between 2 and 4 p.m. and move southeastward through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts before losing force and moving off shore by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Localized flooding in areas with poor drainage is also a possibility.

“If you have plans outdoors this afternoon, keep an eye to the sky for rapidly changing weather conditions. If threatening weather approaches, seek appropriate shelter in a sturdy building and away from windows,” the National Weather Service wrote in a Special Weather Statement released this morning.