Clouds Mixing With Sun This Afternoon, Showers Arrive For The Morning Drive Friday

JAMESTOWN – A great afternoon is in the cards across the region a good supply of sunshine and lower humidity. A weak front passing through tonight will provide a good opportunity for showers overnight that will linger into the morning hours on Friday.

A sun and cloud mix will take through the afternoon today with lower humidity values. High temps will range 69 on the hills to 75 on the lower elevations. There will also be a healthy west breeze up to 20 MPH at times.

For that reason, a Beach Hazards Statement is in effect for Chautauqua County and Northern Erie County, PA until 9 p.m. this evening. The winds could cause some rough and dangerous rip currents. If you’re going to the beach, just keep that in mind and stay close to the shoreline.

Tonight will start partly cloudy but rain will arrive after midnight as a weak surface boundary moves through the area. There could be a couple rumbles of thunder embedded within some of the more heavier rainfall. Morning lows 60 to 66 and the wind picks up out of the Southwest overnight as well with gusts possibly to near 35 MPH at times.

Any rain showers will taper off through the late morning hours on Friday, becoming partly to mostly sunny for the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 70’s.

The Labor Day weekend is going to be a tossup depending on the day. Saturday is looking to be the better of the three days with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. A better chance for rain will return on Sunday with temps int he lower 70s.

Labor Day itself is going to be hit and miss. We have upped the rain chances slightly based on new guidance but the day will not be a total wash. There will plenty of dry time in-between the rain coverage through the day. The good news is, any rain should come to an end by fireworks time Monday night.

A great supply of sunshine will carry us through Tuesday and for some school districts around the region, the first day of classes, with highs near 80. We’ll see another chance for scattered showers on Wednesday with cooler temperatures in the lower 70’s.

As we take a quick check of the tropics, Hurricane Dorian is still churning in the southern Atlantic north of Puerto Rico. The 11 AM Advisory package from the National Hurricane Center has Dorian as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 MPH winds. Due to the fact that the system has made not land contact with either Puerto Rico or the Lesser Antilles, the NHC believes Dorian will rapidly intensify as it approaches Turks and Caicos.

Dorian is expected to become a Category 4 as it nears the Atlantic coast of Florida over the weekend. There are still some questions in regard to exactly the precise track the storm will take, but the new early afternoon runs of a couple prime global models are becoming more in-line with the official NHC track.

If you have friends or family in Florida or if you have any vacation plans, stay up to date on Dorian as the track can change between now and then.

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