Spring Weather Has Arrived But Don’t Get Used To It

JAMESTOWN – The Spring Equinox will officially occur at 5:58 PM this afternoon and while today is feeling like spring, some changes are on the way for the end of the week.

Today will be a dry and mild day with plenty of sunshine and temps nearing 50. A system passing by will trigger off widespread rain showers tonight lasting throughout the day on Thursday.

A Cold front will move through late Thursday and Friday bringing with it the chance for scattered snow showers throughout the day on Friday.

Accumulations are still not set in stone with some models suggesting between 1 to 3 inches while others are trying bring the max range up to 5 inches. With that said, a good “few inches” of fresh white stuff is likely by Saturday.

Sunday will be another day of sunshine and mild temperatures with a few more clouds mixed in. Temps then fall back down into the 30s by next Tuesday.

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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