The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for parts of Wyoming that include Laramie County and the city of Cheyenne, in effect until 10:00 PM Thursday (June 20). The Nebraska Panhandle, along with parts of Colorado and Kansas are also included in this watch.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop along the front range this afternoon and evening and move across the high plains.

REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

Graphic courtesy National Weather Service

Full text of the watch:

 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     eastern Colorado
     northwestern Kansas
     western Nebraska
     eastern Wyoming

   * Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 400 PM until
     1000 PM MDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A couple tornadoes possible
     Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2
       inches in diameter likely
     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

   SUMMARY...Strong to severe thunderstorm development initiating
   across and east of the Front Range is expected to continue
   intensifying while spreading across the central High Plains through
   mid to late evening.  A few supercells are possible, including a
   period with at least some tornado potential, particularly during the
   6-8 PM MDT time frame.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 85 statute miles
   east and west of a line from 20 miles northwest of Chadron NE to 25
   miles south southeast of Burlington CO. For a complete depiction of
   the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
   WOU1).