A Few Gusty Thunderstorms Possible This Evening

JAMESTOWN – A cold front will be making its way through the area this evening, producing showers and thunderstorms by late this afternoon.

The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has outlined all of Western New York under a less than average Marginal Risk (1/5) for severe thunderstorms this evening. While the overall conditions to warrant severe convection are rather weak, the potential does exist for a couple storms to have gusty winds.

The line of showers and storms will start to enter Western New York by around 7 p.m. this evening and progress their way eastward. Within this line, a couple stronger storms are possible with torrential downpours and gusty winds.

The storms should be out of the Southern Tier by around 9 p.m. tonight with some lingering showers leftover for the overnight.

The better chances for rain tomorrow will be in the morning but some scattered showers are likely though the afternoon and evening hours.

The rain chances over the weekend have increased slightly as there are some signs of hit and miss showers both Saturday and Sunday. However, both days will not be a total washout with plenty of dry time in between.

Storm Spotter Training: The National Weather Service in Buffalo will be conducting their first ever online training class on tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. For the online training, you do need to pre-register as spots for the online are limited. You can register your spot a www.weather.gov/buf/skywarn

Attendees will learn many topics to become 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.

WNYNewsNow encourages everyone to attend a training session; the weather industry is 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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