Weather: More Rain plus Tropcial Storm Arlene (4/20/2017)

Thursday night, another round of rain arrives and continues through the day Friday. Friday will very much be a wash, especially during the first half of the day. Your morning drive will be wet & raw with temperatures in the low to mid 40s. Through the afternoon, rain will be more spotty & off & on. Models have been hinting at some instability as well, so we could be hearing some thunder. Meanwhile, highs won't budge much, only making it into the low 50s.

There is still quite a bit of snow in the mountains, melting will continue while the rain falls. This will keep rivers and lakes running fast and high. All area rivers will need to be monitored closely. Lake Champlain will hover around flood stage (100') through the weekend. For those keeping score, before Wednesday, the last time the lake was at 100' was April 19, 2014. It's remarkable to think how low the lake was a short time ago last fall. It's come up over 5 feet in just a few months! The best opportunity to see flooding on Lake Champlain and the surrounding rivers will be Friday evening & Saturday.

Friday night, showers will gradually end but may end up mixing with some light snow over the highest terrain. Precipitation will linger mainly in the mountains Saturday but a few light showers may continue over northern valleys through the early afternoon. Not enough to soak out plans but enough to be annoying. Saturday evening and Sunday are both looking good under partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs will be close to, or slightly above average in the 50s & low 60s. Sunday will be the warmer day. In short, if you've got plans either day, don't worry about it!

The first half of next week looks quiet with varying degrees of cloudiness. An isolated shower is possible on Monday, mainly in southern Canada and around the Vermont/Canada border. Most stay dry with highs in the low 50s. Tuesday and Wednesday look excellent, expect ample sun with highs in the 60s; Wednesday some will get back into the 70s. Another round of showers arrives Thursday.

Some tropical weather news to share. Tropical Storm Arlene has formed and strengthened in the north Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 50mph. It's no threat to land and will likely dissipate Friday. However, it's worth noting because Arlene is just the second April Atlantic Tropical Storm on record in the satellite era. The other was Ana in 2003. Hurricane season starts June 1.


The weekend is in view!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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