The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 12 a.m. Saturday morning for several counties in Central Wisconsin.
The watch includes Marathon, Wood, Portage, Adams, Juneau, Clark, Taylor, Jackson, Monroe, Price, Oneida, Forest, Langlade, Shawano and Waupaca Counties.
Additional counties in western and southwestern Wisconsin are included with the watch.
A severe thunderstorm watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions in the atmosphere are favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop.
A watch does not necessarily mean severe weather is imminent, but people should mind changing weather conditions and have a method of getting weather alerts should any warnings be issued.
Watches serve as a guideline for where severe thunderstorms are most likely to develop. Storms can and often do develop outside of the stated watch areas, so locations near severe thunderstorm watches must also be on a higher state of alert for changing weather.
Thunderstorms are considered severe when they produce wind speeds of 58 miles per hour and or generate hail at least 1" in diameter.
According to the National Weather Service, watches are typically issued to last between four and eight hours. Watches are often modified as actual weather conditions vary with each atmospheric scenario.
During severe thunderstorm watches, people should be mindful for the potential of rapidly changing weather conditions. A way of being informed of alerts is essential.
For a look at the forecast from the Storm Track 9 team of meteorologists follow this link here.