First Defense: Strong Wind Gusts This Afternoon; Much Colder This Week

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JAMESTOWN – The winds will be on the increase this afternoon as a strong Cold front moves through the region. Temps will also drop in association with the front bringing cooler air back into the region.

The National Weather Service maintains the High Wind Warning across all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania through tonight.

For the remainder of the afternoon, rain showers will taper off from west to east with maybe a few breaks in the cloud cover. The winds will be picking up through the day with wind speeds between 20 and 40 MPH mainly between 4 and 8 PM tonight. Highs for today have already occurred and we will be sliding through the 40’s through the afternoon.

Newer model runs have backed off on the projected peak gusts including the high resolution model we run in-house. Earlier, we were expecting some gusts to top 65 or 70 MPH. Now, it appears gusts will top out between 50 and 60 MPH.

That will still be strong enough to blow around loose objects and cause tree and power line damage.

Tonight will be mainly dry with mostly cloudy skies however it will remain windy. Wind gusts could range 40 to 50 MPH early before settling down somewhat overnight. Lows 30 valleys, 35 lakeshore.

We’ll see some partial sunshine on Tuesday although it will be much colder with highs 36 to 44.

Temperatures will remain March-like through the rest of the week with a chance for a scattered rain or snow shower each day and highs in the lower 40’s.

We should squeeze out another dry day on Saturday and although a bit warmer, still chilly for this time of the year with high in the upper 40’s.

We will reintroduce a chance for scattered showers on Sunday with high nearing average in the upper 50’s.

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