All weather savvy eyes today are on a low pressure system and its warm front moving off the Ohio River Valley, bringing us rain, snow and even some stronger wind gusts to close out the work week.
Thursday afternoon, precipitation will spread from southwest to northeast as that warm front approaches. For this system, expect mainly rain in the valleys (with a few fat, wet snowflakes mixed in) right through Friday. For foothills and mid slope areas of the Adirondack and Green Mountains (plus the Northeast Kingdom above 1500') a quick, slushy inch or two may accumulate Thursday afternoon and evening, before snow changes to rain. Minor ice accumulation from brief freezing rain or sleet is also possible; so take it slow on the roads tonight and early tomorrow morning.
Highest peaks? No changeover. All snow! Great news for riders and skiers. Another 6+" of snow will add to that October base.
Let's talk wind and temps! Expect a southerly breeze at 5-15 mph area wide, with stronger gusts of 30-40 mph for western slopes of the Green Mountains. This includes places like Jericho, Rutland and eastern Addison county, for example. Temperatures today climb to the mid and upper 40s, before falling to the upper 30s overnight.
Friday morning, everyone (except above 2500-3000') wakes up to a cold rain. Showers will taper off throughout the day Friday, with rainfall totals of around 1.5" or less. No big flooding concerns, unless of course any storm drains become blocked with leaves! Friday afternoon, upslope snow showers may generate a few more flakes across the mountains.
Looking forward to the weekend? Saturday is mostly cloudy with a handful of scattered, manly light showers, as a low pressure system passes to our north. Then, Sunday into Halloween, it's a mix of sun and clouds overhead with a drier forecast. High temp both days, slightly milder and more seasonable, near 50 degrees.
Have an awesome day!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist
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