Severe Thunderstorm Watch Through 8pm Saturday
This ABC6 StormTracker Weather post has been formatted with the most recent updates at the top, followed by older updates.
SATURDAY 6:57PM UPDATE: With just a few weaker offshore showers/storms, the threat for severe weather appears to have mostly passed. A few isolated storms have been forming northwest of us, but the main event is over. There will be no further updates to this post. Visit abc6.com/weather for future forecasts.
SATURDAY 6:24PM UPDATE: A few strong thunderstorms remain near Narragansett, Block Island, and the waters east of Block Island. Storms are moving east/southeast, and have prompted a Marine Warning.
SATURDAY 5:41PM UPDATE: MOST spots have quieted down quite a bit, with some light lingering rain showers. However, along the CT coast, just west of Westerly, a strong thunderstorm continues. I do think soon we’ll be able to say the severe weather threat has passed. Just watching that one straggler.
SATURDAY 4:51PM UPDATE: Lots of weakening happening with the line of storms as it gets closer to the coast. There are still some downpours, rumbles of thunder, and gusty winds, but all in all the line is a shell of what it once was. That weakening trend should continue as it moves offshore.
SATURDAY 4:36PM UPDATE: All warnings have been dropped for our area, however a line of thunderstorms continues to move through toward the east/southeast. That just means the storms aren’t strong enough to continue to require a warning, but they’re still out there.
SATURDAY 4:26PM UPDATE: Strong thunderstorms continue to push through toward the east/southeast, although many of them do not meet the criteria to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Regardless of whether or not a specific storm receives a warning, it’s always important to head indoors as one of these storms approaches the area.
SATURDAY 4:04PM UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues in northern Bristol/Plymouth and southern Norfolk counties for the storm cell over that part of MA (right side of the picture). Other non-severe thunderstorms continue to push through RI and CT (left side of the picture).
SATURDAY 3:43PM UPDATE: New MARINE WARNING issued for Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, and the ocean waters off the RI and MA south coasts. Strong thunderstorms are approaching. Boaters need to act accordingly for safety. Beachgoers should also take notice.
SATURDAY 3:32PM UPDATE: As the line of storms continues to press toward the east and southeast, the Severe Thunderstorm WARNING has been extended to include northern Bristol and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts.
SATURDAY 2:54PM UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has now been updated to include northeastern RI and far northwestern Bristol County in MA. As the storm approaches, be on the lookout for heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, hail, and damaging winds.
SATURDAY 2:45 PM UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING has now been issued for northwestern and north central Providence County. A storm is approaching from central Massachusetts that could produce damaging winds and hail. Move indoors as this storm approaches. **Follow Meteorologist Tim Studebaker on Facebook & Twitter for real time updates throughout the day.**
A *Severe Thunderstorm WATCH* has been issued for much of southern New England through 8pm Saturday. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means there is a potential for severe thunderstorms, which (in addition to frequent lightning and heavy rainfall) could produce damaging winds and hail. Be on the alert for strong thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening. Stay with ABC6 on air, online at ABC6.com and on Facebook & Twitter as the day progresses, especially if any Severe Thunderstorm WARNINGS are issued.
Tim Studebaker, StormTracker Meteorologist