A Few Snow Flakes Today, Turning Warmer By The Weekend

JAMESTOWN – Much of the area is seeing party cloudy skies for the early afternoon today but some will see a couple snow showers through this evening.

These little snow showers have been quite intense at times, reducing visibilities and lying down a quick coating on roads. These snow showers are quick movers and will sag southward throughout the day.

Any snow will come to and for the overnight, leaving us with mostly cloudy skies to start Tuesday. Tomorrow will be another rinse and repeat kind of day; partly to mostly cloudy with a few scattered snow showers from time to time in the afternoon.

The Spring Equinox will arrive at 5:58 PM EDT on Wednesday and we will be ringing in the first day of spring feeling like spring with temps into the mid to upper 40s. There will be the chance for a few scattered rain showers through the day but much of the day will likely be dry.

High pressure builds in for the weekend which means nice sunshine for Saturday and Sunday with temps going up into the 50s by Sunday!

Storm Spotter Training: It’s that time of the year; the National Weather Service in Buffalo is conducting their annual training classes for storm spotters. Once again, they will be making a stop in Jamestown coming up on Monday, March 25 at 7:30 PM at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.

The Jamestown training is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Amateur FM Radio Club.

There is no charge to attend and no registration is necessary; just show on up!

If you can’t make the Jamestown training, never fear. NWS Buffalo will also be conducting their first ever online training class on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. For the online training, you do need to preregister as spots for the online are limited. You can register your spot a www.weather.gov/buf/skywarn

Attendees to either the in-person or online training will learn many topics to becoming a trained storm spotter, such as identifying storm structure, basic meteorology relating to severe convection (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc),  severe weather safety, and proper reporting techniques.

I encourage everyone to attend a training session; we are in desperate need of more trained spotters. What many people may not know is that spotters actually contribute to the warning process. Remember, Doppler radar looks above the ground; it’s only spotters who see what is happening down at the ground.

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