Weather: Spring With a Side of Winter (3/19/2017)

I hope you enjoyed the weekend! Weatherwise, complaints were hard to come by. Saturday and Sunday were both loaded with sun and highs in the 30s & low 40s. Sunday night, we're getting chilly. Clear skies, dry air and light winds will allow lows to fall into the middle & upper teens for most of us. The exceptions will be in the Adirondacks & Northeast Kingdom of VT; lows there will go into the single digits to near 10°.

Spring officially starts Monday at 6:28am. That's when the most direct rays of the sun will be on the Equator. It's interesting to note that between now and April 10 we're adding about 3minutes of daylight each day! After April 10 we're still adding time but it'll be less than 3minutes a day. For now, the first afternoon of spring will be very similar to the last couple afternoons of winter with some added cloudiness. Mid & high level clouds will increase during the day but nothing falls from them, highs will jump back into the upper 30s & low 40s.

On another note, 2 ice jams continue to cause a flooding concern in Franklin County New York. The Salmon River near Malone and the Raquette River near Hogansburg both have flood warnings posted until Monday afternoon. The Raquette River is overflowing onto low lying areas north of Route 37. The National Weather Service also says that water is threatening homes. The Salmon River is overflowing onto Lower Park & Lane streets in Malone. The National Weather Service advises that you may have to find another way into the Alice Hyde Medical Center. This is a good reminder to keep an eye on all area rivers.

Late Monday evening, a weak disturbance will spark a few scattered snow showers. The best shot at them will be over northern New York & northern Vermont. Accumulation will be very minor, if any. Overnight into Tuesday, we'll keep the chance at isolated snow showers. Meanwhile, lows will stay mild only dropping to into the 20s to near 30°.

Tuesday, we'll have isolated rain & snow showers around during the day. Despite that chance, while the sun is up most of us are dry and partly to mostly cloudy. We'll stay mild too with highs back into the low 40s. Tuesday night, a strong cold front will pass by. Snow showers and perhaps a snow squall will be moving along it through early Wednesday morning. Snow accumulation will be minor, perhaps a dusting to an inch with slightly higher amounts in the mountains.

What you'll notice most about this front is the cold air that spills in behind it. We're going from the 40s Tuesday afternoon to around 10° Wednesday morning; the wind will make it feel colder. Wednesday will be mainly dry in valleys but snow showers will linger over the northern peaks. High temperatures will be struggling, we'll only get into the upper teens & low 20s. Cold air hangs around for another day on Thursday. Despite sunny skies, highs will stay stuck in the middle & upper 20s.

Friday, we'll warm back into the middle 40s but we're getting unsettled again starting Friday night. There's some uncertainty heading into the weekend with another area of disturbed weather. Will it be rain or snow? As of now, signs continue to point toward a warmer system that delivers more rain than anything else. It might start as some mixing Friday night but after that it looks like what falls will be plain rain. It's too early to talk rain totals and other specifics, just keep it in mind if you've got weekend plans. I was talking to a lot of people Saturday afternoon and they all wanted more snow for another weekend of snowmobiling. I've got my fingers crossed for you!

Have a great week!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker


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