First Defense: Severe Thunderstorms Likely This Afternoon

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JAMESTOWN – A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for the entire region until 9 p.m. Thursday evening.

The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania under a standard Slight Risk, a level 2 out of 5, for severe thunderstorms this afternoon.

A line of showers and thunderstorms will flair this afternoon around 3 p.m. across the western-most areas and continue their journey eastward through the Southern Tier until around 6 p.m.

Based on the newest data, the main threats will be from damaging straight-line winds, large hail and heavy rainfall. However, there is a SMALL risk of an isolated spin-up tornado this afternoon. While the threat is not zero, it is a possibility a storm or two could contain some rotation.

Make sure you have a way of getting watches and warnings this afternoon. Have your NOAA Weather Radio plugged in with fresh batteries ready to go. Also, download a good app on your phone that is designed to push warnings.

Showers and storms will continue early this evening with some of them potentially being strong, tapering off to just a few showers overnight. Quite warm and muggy. Lows 66 to 74.

After morning showers and or rumbles on Friday, sun and clouds will battle for the afternoon sky with moderate humidity. Highs 78 to 86.

A big surge of hot and humid air pushes in from the south over the weekend thanks to robust wind flow aloft. Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80’s with an ocean of humidity and mostly sunny skies.

On Sunday, we will reintroduce the chance for popup scattered afternoon and early evening showers and thunderstorms once again due to the high humidity. Highs in the upper 80’s.

We’ll keep a chance for popup afternoon storms right through much of next week with temperatures in the lower to mid 80’s.

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