Weather: Arguably the most pleasant day of the week (1/10 AM)

Amanda's Forecast Discussion

Good morning! Happy hump day!

 

It's arguably the nicest day of the week with temps soaring from about 0-10° Wednesday morning, to

the upper 20s to mid 30s this afternoon. As high pressure slides off to the east, our light wind shifts to out of the south with ample sunshine overhead. Clouds start sneaking back in after sundown at 4:33 PM.

 

 

As advertised Thursday and Friday can be considered our January thaw. But, we pay a price for the warm up. Tonight into Thursday morning, southerly flow and a blanket of clouds streaming in should keep temps steady a few degrees on either side of 32°. As light showers kick off after midnight through day break Thursday, it brings about concerns for a slick morning drive. Light snow/sleet or freezing rain across higher terrain and east of the Green Mountains could cause an icy glaze on paved surfaces. Elsewhere (and past sunrise) light, scattered rain showers should taper by lunchtime, giving way to a cloudy, but mostly dry Thursday afternoon. The temp inches into the 40s with a breezy south wind, that could gust as high as about 30 mph.

 

By Friday, an overnight temp in the low 40s and a high in the mid to upper 40s will have you breaking out the Spring wardrobe, all the way down to the rain boots

. Throughout much of Friday, light to moderate, steady rain falls. This will melt snow and ice, leading to runoff and potential ice movement along area waterways. Keep a close eye out for ice jams and potential urban flooding from clogged storm drains.

 

Friday night, a strong cold front dives south out of Canada, gradually changing rain to freezing rain/sleet and then eventually snow. This changeover will occur first in the St. Lawrence Valley, then to the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley, through Vermont to the Upper Valley and into New Hampshire. By early Saturday morning, we could be dealing with many tenths of an inch of icy buildup, with several inches (especially in New York) of snow piling up o

n top of that through Saturday night. This spells trouble. Slick roads and paved surfaces should be expected, along with downed tree limbs due to ice buildup and power outages. 

 

Following the front, eventually quieter weather returns Sunday through early next week. But, of course, it's much colder with temps ranging from the teens to near zero.

Have a fabulous day!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault


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