Tuesday turned out to be a nightmare for some, especially morning drivers. Freezing rain arrived just in time for the early commute. It took a while but eventually, mainly after noon, temperatures were able to warm well above freezing everywhere. That helped make for an easier evening drive but it was still wet. Overnight into Wednesday we'll stay a bit soggy. Gradually, widespread rain will become more spotty and light. There will also be areas of fog to contend with, be careful of low visibility. Luckily, temperatures will stay largely above freezing and that should help limit refreezing. I'm not saying it won't happen, there's still a chance, especially in central & northeast Vermont, but the chance is low. Most of us will hover in the middle & upper 30s overnight.
Wednesday will start mainly dry but another wave of rain will lift northeast by the afternoon. Highs Wednesday will be quite warm, climbing into the 40s & 50s everywhere; it will all be plain rain. Mountains will also warm well above freezing, this will lead to a decent amount of snow melt. Combine the snow melt with rain and rivers will be running fast and high. We're not expecting major flooding but some of the smaller creeks & streams will have to be watched. Rain and even a few snow showers will continue Thursday, rain totals by the end of the day will push close to an inch or so. This will certainly help the drought situation.
Friday & Saturday, we keep on with isolated rain & snow showers through the day. Most in valleys see some mixing early followed by afternoon rain showers. Mountains will stick with mainly light off & on snow. Sunday, I've kept a chance at mountain snow showers but valleys should be dry with highs in the middle & upper 30s. Sunday is trending dry in valleys with mountain snow showers, sound familiar? Temperatures stay cold with highs only in the 30s but you've got to remember, it'll be December by then and highs in the middle & upper 30s are all too "normal".
In non-weather related news, I hope to see you at the Santa 5k on Sunday! It starts at 10am at Ri-Ra in Burlington. It may be a little gray with snow showers around but you should be ready for a good run! I'll be the emcee and i'll be running with all the other Santas! What's cool and new this year is that all the Santas will be chasing a Grinch, he'll be the winner from last year. If you haven't signed up yet, you can at santa5k.com. All of the proceeds go to help the kids at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
Make it a great week!
-Meteorologist Sean Parker
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