Few Showers This Afternoon; Warming Up By Mid Week

JAMESTOWN – After a mainly dry start to the day, rain showers are coming our way out of the west for this afternoon with temperatures still below average.

A system passing to the west of the area will be producing some widespread rain showers throughout the afternoon. The good news here is that the rain will not be all that heavy so no problems relating to flooding today. Rain will continue early tonight before tapering off by the morning hours of Wednesday.

Wednesday will be nearly a rinse and repeat of today; the day will start mainly dry with maybe a few peaks of sunshine early. Rain will once again overspread the region albeit in more scattered form. As a southernly wind aloft starts to setup, that will boost our temperatures backing the 60s for the afternoon.

The “pick day” of the week is clearly looking to be Thursday. Partly sunny skies and temps breaking through that 70 degree mark for the first time this season. Some areas near Rochester in the Genesee Valley may even flirt with a possible 80.

Easter Weekend is looking a bit wet at this point with rain showers on both Saturday and Sunday. Currently on longer-range guidance, the more widespread activity is looking to be on Saturday with more scattered activity on Easter Day with temps in the 50s.

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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