It's time to scrap those plans to take a dip in the pool or fly a kite this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region.
The watch will go into effect this afternoon until 9 p.m., according to the watch alert. Thunderstorms will begin developing before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, gradually becoming more numerous as the afternoon progress. NWS warns that some storms will likely bring strong to damaging winds, as well as large hail with torrential downpours.
According to NWS, the risk of severe thunderstorms diminishes with sunset, but this evening's strong storms will likely continue into the evening. Flash flooding could pose a problem after sunset. A handful of locations could receive as much as two to three inches of rainfall in a short period of time.