A tornado watch has been issued until 5 p.m. today in the following counties: Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland.

In addition, all of New Jersey is also under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.

The watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado. Forecasters say a strong cold front will move through the area this afternoon and evening.

Scattered thunderstorms are also in the forecast.