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Connecticut under severe thunderstorm watch

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A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for the entire state until 10 p.m., according to the Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Center.

As a cold front moves closer to Connecticut throughout the day Thursday, the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms increases.

Any storms that do develop and impact the state could bring with them torrential downpours, gusty winds and hail. In addition, vivid cloud-to-ground lightning is also possible.

The front is expected to clear the state by Friday morning and will set the stage for a windy, much cooler end to the week.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Residents should be on the lookout for threatening weather and to pay attention to any severe weather warnings that may be issued.

By definition, a severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces 1 inch hail or larger in diameter, and/or winds equal to or greater than 58 miles an hour.

The size of the watch can vary depending on the type of weather situation that's expected.

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