A Well Needed Warmup Through Friday; Watching Another Storm For The Weekend

JAMESTOWN – Today is the third and final day of the sunshine party across the region and it comes with a nice warmup that will last all the way through the end of the workweek.

Temps will be into the lower 50s today across much of Western New York with loads of sunshine to go around for everybody. Tonight will also be another clear and uneventful night, just not as cold as previous nights.

A Cold front dropping in from Canada will spawn a few rain showers Thursday afternoon and evening. We’re not expecting anything big out of that. More widespread rain will come our way on Friday with temps remaining in the 50s.

We are keeping our eyes on a storm system that will track through the Ohio River Valley over the weekend. The system will first bring widespread rain to the area on Saturday with temps nearing 60 in some spots.

As the Low moves Northeast through the region, colder air will be filtered in Saturday night, changing the rain over to snow showers.

Those snow showers will contuse throughout the day on Sunday with temps back down into the 30s once again.

While we are still too far out to give exact numbers in terms of accumulation, early signs suggest at least a few inches could be on the ground by Sunday afternoon. Keep in mind, things will change between now and the weekend as we continue to examine the newest data and we will keep you updated on the latest.

Storm Spotter Training: The National Weather Service in Buffalo will 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 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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