Tornado Watch issued for all of Central PA until 8pm Saturday night

UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the Washington County, Maryland, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia until 10pm tonight.

The National Weather Service says that scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph are possible, with isolated large hail events to 1 inch in diameter possible. Additionally, a tornado or two are possible. Scattered damaging winds up to 55-70 mph may occur as thunderstorms spread eastward this afternoon and evening.


ORIGINAL POSTING

29 June 2024- Due to thunderstorms passing through the area and a slew of other factors, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Eastern Ohio, Western and Central Pennsylvania, and Northern West Virginia.

That watch is effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 1:10 PM until 8:00 PM.

Primary threats, according to the NWS, include a couple tornadoes possible as well as scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely.

Thunderstorms should continue to increase in coverage and intensity this afternoon as they move generally eastward. A couple of tornadoes appear possible with any supercells that can be sustained. Otherwise, severe/damaging wind gusts up to 60-70 mph may occur with any clusters that can develop.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 65 statute miles north and south of a line from 30 miles north of Zanesville OH to 50 miles east northeast of State College PA. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

The NWS emphasizes that a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. It does not mean that a tornado has been spotted or is immediately eminent. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.