First Defense: Lake Enhanced Snow Continues Through Tonight

JAMESTOWN – We’ve been talking about it basically all week; the same storm system that is riding along the East Coast is not only filtering in colder air but some snow showers on the back edge of this system. 

As the winds are taking on more of a Northwest direction, that will allow Lake Erie to get into the mix and create some enhancement within these snow showers. The best chance for the Lake Erie enhancement will be along the Southern Tier and Northeastern PA.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Southern Erie and Crawford Counties in PA until Midnight tonight that was issued by the National Weather Service in Cleveland. It is currently unclear if the Weather Service in Buffalo will opt to extend that Advisory into portions of Western New York.

Snow will begin to taper off throughout the overnight as the Low continues to move up towards Maine and the Lake Snow Machine winds down as an area of High Pressure starts to build in on Saturday.

In terms of accumulations, we are still holding solid onto our general 2 to 4 inches but with the added lake enhancement, the could push totals closer to 6 inches in spots with the better overall probability of that occurring on the highest hills.

Sunday will be the pick of the litter as temps will make it back into the 50s with loads of sunshine to go around. We will make a run at 60 come Thursday of next week, with some model guidance trying to push us over 60 by next weekend.

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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