BOSTON (CBS) – We have been spared so far from any severe weather thanks to a deck of mid-level clouds, which formed as the first wave of showers and storm moved through around midday.
Thunderstorms are fueled by the sun’s heating of the ground and the warmer air rising rapidly to very high levels of the atmosphere.
When there is no sun present as a trigger, it is very difficult to generate any severe weather and so far today that has been the case.
That being said we cannot completely let our guard down. There is still a cold front moving slowly southward through northern and central New England.
The sun has come out in those areas and some thunderstorms have formed. Whether they survive the trip in to Southern New England or whether other cells form now remains the question for this evening.
The best chance of any thunderstorm activity now will be from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and any storms that form could contain very heavy downpours, frequent lightning, damaging winds and some hail.
The atmosphere is very ripe in extreme Southern New England (parts of CT, RI and SE Mass and farther south towards the Mid Atlantic), so those would be the most likely areas for any severe weather later this evening. As usual we will keep you up to date!