High Wind Watch issued for counties to north for Wednesday; excessive rain possible in Allegany

BREAKING: A mixture of weather, due to unseasonably high temperature today and Wednesday before a plunge tomorrow afternoon as a strong cold front moves through the region, is providing a spring/winter roller coaster ride until a recovery starts on Thursday.

A 48-hour National Weather Service chart for today through the same time Thursday morning shows the multiple potential weather hazards for Central Allegany County at the county seat at Belmont. Impacts may vary in different parts of the county. Similar charting and more in-depth weather descriptions are available through the links on Allegany Hope’s exclusive Weather Resources page on our website.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a HIGH WIND WATCH Wednesday for Allegany County’s neighbors immediately to the north, extending across the state into Massachusetts, with wind gusts to 60MPH possible.

“Multiple hazards” also are possible locally, starting late today, according to NWS forecasters at Buffalo, with scattered thunderstorms potentially producing small hail and gusty winds later tonight through late Wednesday afternoon.

A flash freeze is possible during the mid-to-late afternoon hours tomorrow, they say, as rain and peaking temperatures during the noontime hours change to snow and temperatures fall “very rapidly” to below freezing by late afternoon.

Strong winds, with gusts up to the 30MPH range during the noontime hours today, will see a potential jump to as much as 50MPH or greater Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night.

The NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC) also is forecasting a Marginal Risk for excessive rain late tonight in the southwestern part of Allegany County and extending throughout the region tomorrow. Strong winds could result in isolated power outages on Wednesday.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM, and continue to monitor for changes.

Plan for strong winds by securing all outdoor items which could become airborne and potential hail.

Additional information
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Simply use the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS pages 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.

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

Allegany Hope is a Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM and, due to Allegany County’s location being in or bordering three NWS forecast offices, Allegany Hope Weather Resources provides forecast and other information from the NWS 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.

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