First Defense: Winter Returns For One More Run

JAMESTOWN – As the famous saying goes “Now that’s it is spring, let’s bring on more snow.” That will be the weather story over the next 48 hours across Western New York. 

A Northeastern storm system that will ride along the East Coast will drag colder Canadian air back behind this system and dump it across Western New York throughout the day Friday. This cold air will be enough to produce widespread snow showers across the region.

Some of this snow could be heavy at times as well as the storm continues to churn away along the Eastern Seaboard.

In terms of accumulation, we’re looking at a range between 2 to 4 inches across the Southern Tier. As I often state, always focus on the lowest number; not the the highest. Anything more than the lower amount is an added bonus. The overall highest totals will be along the Tug Hill region of New York State, where upwards fo a foot of snow could fall there.

We turn mild once more on Sunday before temps fall back into the 30s for early next week.

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

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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