WATCH OUT! Severe thunderstorm watch in place for PA, MD, and WV until 8pm

22 May 2024- The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for a number of local areas throughout this afternoon and evening.

Portions of central Maryland, central Pennsylvania, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia have a watch in place from 3pm to 8pm tonight.

Primary threats, the NWS says, include scattered damaging wind gusts of up to 65mph in place and isolated large hail events with their diameters reaching up to 1.5″. These storms will be scattered throughout the afternoon and will pose risks locally.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles east and west of a line from 15 miles west northwest of Watertown NY to 60 miles west southwest of Washington DC. Due to the large area, storms will be extremely spotty.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.