JAMESTOWN – After a 5:00 AM high of 57 degrees, we’ve been dropping like a rock in the temperature department all throughout the day, with very gusty winds.
As Advertised, the strong winds have accompanied a cold front that has weeped across the region on this Wednesday.
The National Weather Service maintains the High Wind Warning for all of Western New York until 8:00 PM for the potential for winds gusts over 60 MPH.
We’ve already had reports of winds gusts in excess of 65 MPH in some areas of the region, along with some damage that has occurred as a result of those winds, mainly in the form of tree and power line damage.
The peak wind gust we’ve seen (so far) in Chautauqua County is 68 MPH, reported from the MESONET station in Fredonia at 11:25 AM
However, the MESONET in Batavia in Genesee County reported a wind gust of 75 MPH at 12:50 PM. That’s Category 1 hurricane force!
The gusty winds will continue throughout the afternoon and evening, and will finally somewhat relax by tonight.
Beyond today, the March Chill is here to stay. No signs of warmer temperatures anywhere over the next seven or so days…