BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Spring is a time you think warmer weather, flowers, and sunshine. What some people forget is that it’s also the time the weather starts acting up.

Many frustrations this spring in western New York have been directed towards this guy, the ground hog. Others have been directed towards this guy. Mike Fries is the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service here in Buffalo. Instead of thinking about the below average temps we’ve seen in recent days, he’s thinking ahead helping to get you prepared for severe weather that’s heading our way. Fries told News 4, “Severe weather awareness week starts this Sunday and ends next Saturday.”

The goal in holding this awareness week is to make you at home aware of preparations you can make as we go into severe weather season. He said, “In our part of the state the biggest probably severe weather thing that we deal with is flooding. Beyond that we have a decent amount of thunderstorms that we deal with that would cause wind damage.”

And as many of you remember from last spring tornadoes are not out of the question. So how do you know if you are in danger? Aside from the 4 warn weather app, weather warnings are issued over a NOAA weather radio. Fries explained, “Whenever we issue a severe weather warning from here, whether it be severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, flash flood warnings they will alert you to that in your area.”

If you haven’t heard a noise from your radio in a while and are wondering if it’s still in working order, this Thursday at 1:15 PM the National Weather Service office plans to issue a test. The timing of that test isn’t random. Fries said, “Severe weather can happen anytime of the year, anytime of the day, however it’s usually more into the afternoon and evening hours when severe weather is most likely.”

To hear more about the week, click here.