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Allegany Hope is noticing on its Allegany Hope Community News group Facebook page that some individuals are Liking and Sharing weather which has changed, sometimes significantly, since the post being used.

The graphic from the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC), which accompanies this story, is from 4AM this morning and is very much different than ones from yesterday and the day before as to the forecast impact for Allegany and neighboring counties.

The Nor’easter, which originally was projected to add several inches of snow last night and today in the county, higher in southern portions and lowering to the north, now is forecast to have minimal or no local impact.

However, some additional snow is forecast for tonight into Wednesday, as is shown on the NWS graphic from the Buffalo forecast office which also accompanies this story.

Forecasts can change dramatically, as is being experienced this week, as storms move closer and precipitation amounts, temperatures, winds and other conditions become more definable.

Be sure to check dates and times on any graphic being shown. They are updated as each day progresses.

Therefore, if an individual hears that a storm is in the offing, a check should be made of National Weather Service resources, which are used in various ways by most weather reporting entities, and continue to track it.

Multiple areas report
Allegany Hope is a Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM and due to Allegany County’s location being in or bordering three NWS forecast offices, provides forecast and other information from NWS forecast centers at Buffalo for Allegany County north and west, Binghamton for Steuben County east, and State College, Pa., for Potter and McKean counties in Pennsylvania, along with regional and national data for any area of the country.

Links to these sites and many other resources can be found on our exclusive Allegany Hope Weather Resources page in the left column of this report, or at https://bit.ly/3YAlcPI,

This resource includes online connections to Doppler radar, along with snow, wind and rainfall rates and timing in specific areas.

Simply use the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS page for any geographic location, and then click on the Hourly Weather Forecast graph in the lower right side of the local page for an hour-by-hour forecast for today and the next six days.

Overviews provided
We note that our reports are designed to present an overview of adverse weather patterns and normally do not provide immediate updates for each NWS change, particularly since timing isn’t consistent with each resource.

This lag is due to it sometimes taking as long as an hour or more to check many different resources and compile a story and pertinent graphics about what is being forecast across the entire area. The more complex the weather system and variables, the longer it takes before someone is reading an overview on our pages.

We also are finding that many individuals are relying on secondary weather information from cell phones which sometimes are inaccurate for specific locations. If a variation is detected, we suggest that users go to appropriate NWS sites to help determine what actually may be occurring and possible reasons for the differences.

Bookmarking appropriate NWS pages can help obtain the most timely information on forecast changes.

Facebook assistance
“Join” our public group Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3DRdx6J for greater opportunities to obtain more timely weather alerts in News Feed Notifications.

Our group page was developed due to Facebook disseminating only a small fraction of posts to regular Facebook pages.

With group Facebook pages, more information reaches reader Notifications. However, one still should click over to the main page from time-to-time, or as weather is evolving, to check for updates because all posts don’t appear in these Notifications.

Individuals also can use this website to obtain a continuous news flow.

Therefore, if someone has Liked the regular page, it is recommended that they un-Like it and Join the public group page due to the regular page no longer being used for news.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM