3:30 pm Monday: Severe Weather Watch possible

The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring the weather over the Finger Lakes and western New York for a possible severe weather watch.
The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring the weather over the Finger Lakes and western New York for a possible severe weather watch.

The Storm Prediction Center states there is a 60% chance of a watch being issued for our area. 

The statement issued by the Storm Prediction Center, called a ‘Mesoscale Discussion’, has a bit of technical jargon, but can be found here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0399.html

In short, breaks of sunshine over the area are setting the stage for thunderstorms to intensify as they move into the area this afternoon. Damaging winds and a brief tornado may be possible if the threat continues to develop. Since the discussion mentions a tornado threat, it is uncertain whether a severe thunderstorm watch or a tornado watch is being considered.

Stay tuned for the latest from Finger Lakes Weather.

4pm Update: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Erie County. Even if a watch isn’t issued for the entire area, individual storms will have the potential to become severe, as this cell illustrates. Remember, a WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe weather, while a WARNING is more serious, as the severe weather is occurring.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.) When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making soap, or playing with his two young boys.