Cloud cover potential to peak at height of total eclipse today, possible severe weather tomorrow

The greatest possibility of cloud cover blocking the sun will be during the total eclipse period this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), with forecasts issued over the weekend continuing to be around an 85 percent chance of the sun being shrouded.

NWS projections are for high clouds to move into the area this morning and then lowering to mid-level heights, with some lower level clouds expected as well, although “there could be breaks and thinning of the clouds by mid-afternoon.

Interactive cloud cover updates are available through a map at, with current cloud cover and the shadow cast by the eclipse at Viewers are reminded that any UTC (Universal Time Coordination) times shown are four hours ahead of the time in Western New York.

Marginal Risk of damaging winds and hail Tuesday evening into Wednesday (NWS Storm Prediction Center).

Tuesday early alert
The NWS also is alerting to the potential for severe weather which may overflow into the western part of Allegany County Tuesday, with the same Marginal Risk classification for excessive rain on Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms tomorrow evening into early Wednesday morning could produce isolated severe gusts of wind and hail with the developing storms, according to forecasters.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and continue to monitor for updated conditions during the week.

Marginal Risk of excessive rain Thursday (NWS Weather Prediction Center).

Eclipse information
Medical experts are warning against observing the sun with the naked eye at any time, with various means able to be employed to help offset the danger. However, consumer protection agencies and Amazon are warning that some eclipse eyewear which is being sold as safe are counterfeits and can harm the eyes.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has issued alerts at, not only in regard to eye but other safety warnings related to travel and scams.

An interactive, zoomable map of the path of the eclipse and timings for the entire United States, is available at, with local information from Western New York Wilds at

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