First Defense: Strong Wind Gusts Likely Tonight Through Early Saturday

JAMESTOWN – The winds will be howling tonight as a strong Cold front marches its way towards the region. Along with that wind, showers and storms will be widespread through the early morning hours on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory, going into effect at 6 p.m. this evening and running through 5 a.m. Saturday morning for Chautauqua County and Erie County, PA. As the wind picks up to 25 to 45 MPH and shift out of the south/southwest, wind gusts could reach 50 to 55 MPH at times.

Newer computer model guidance has pushed ahead the arrival time of the strongest winds. Yesterday afternoon, models were not showing the strongest winds arriving until around midnight. Now, it appears they will be getting here around 9, 10 p.m. with the overall strongest wind gusts found near the Lake Erie shoreline.

A line of showers and thunderstorms that have faired out ahead of the front will also be moving in through the night as well. The majority of the rain will arrive after midnight but some storms could fire before midnight. Morning lows 61-68.

Leftover showers will linger through the morning on Saturday, otherwise the afternoon turns mostly sunny with highs 68-74. The wind stays breezy out of the southwest 15 to 25 MPH with some gusts up to 35 MPH. Sunday is looking fantastic will lots of sunshine, lighter wind and upper 70’s.

Besides a limited chance for a shower on Monday, much of next week is looking dry with lots of sunshine and above average temperatures in the mod to upper 70’s.

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