Thunderstorms Could Bring Damaging Winds, Hail To CT: Timing

Brian McCready

CONNECTICUT — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Connecticut until 8 p.m. Hail, wind and lightning are the major concerns, according to the weather service.

NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said on his social media that we need to be weather aware anytime after 2 p.m. and before 7 p.m. for the chance of severe weather Sunday afternoon.

"Watch for scattered strong storms capable of producing large hail and gusty winds. Not everyone sees a storm but some could be intense!" Hanrahan said on his social media. If you end up getting stormy weather it could result in 60 mph wind gusts and hail the size of quarters, Hanrahan said. (Read his detailed weather forecast here.)

WTNH News 8 Meteorologist Ashley Baylor said on social media that "Watching for some widely scattered showers/storms this afternoon. A couple of storms could be strong/severe with downpours, strong winds gusts, and/or hail." (Read her detailed weather forecast here.)

National Weather Service forecast details for southern Connecticut:

"There is potential for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening. Strong to damaging winds gusts will be the main threat with these storms, with a secondary threat of one inch hail."

National Weather Service forecast details for northern Connecticut:

"There is a risk for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threat will be damaging straight-line wind. Some hail is also possible.

"Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop and increase in coverage this afternoon into this evening, and a few of the stronger storms may become severe. The primary risk will be damaging wind gusts and dangerous lightning, but large hail is also possible with the strongest storms. The greatest risk for strong to severe thunderstorms will be away from the south coast. The time of greatest concern is between 3 and 8 pm. Keep an eye to the sky and seek a safe indoor shelter if thunderstorms approach."

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Here are the forecast details for southern Connecticut over the next several days:

Today
Isolated showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 81. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday
Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northeast wind around 6 mph.

Tuesday
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Wednesday
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Here are the forecast details for northern Connecticut over the next several days:

Today
A slight chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Low around 67. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday
A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday
Showers likely, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch