A tornado watch, unlike a tornado warning, does not mean that tornadoes have been spotted or are imminent. It merely means, according to the Weather Service, that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop, and that “you need to be alert, and to be prepared to go to safe shelter if tornadoes do happen or a warning is issued.”
The watch is in effect through 8 p.m. Severe “supercell” thunderstorms, 70-mile-and-hour winds and hailstones up to two inches in diameter are also “possible” Wednesday, according to the Weather Service.
On the other hand, it might simply rain a bit this afternoon, the Weather Service says. And there’s a 40 percent chance of no precipitation at all. If in doubt, look out the window.