Weather: Flooding, snow, sleet and ice (1/13/2018)

River flooding continues to close roads in Vermont, New York & New Hampshire. The list is live and constantly updating. Check Vermont & New Hampshire here: http://www.vermont.com/maps/vt511/ and New York here: https://511ny.org/

Moderate to heavy snow and sleet continue in northern Vermont & northern New York. The more south and east you are, you've got a mix of freezing rain and sleet. This will continue through lunch but gradually taper off from south to north during the early afternoon.


The switch from rain to sleet & snow happened first in Northern New York and northwest Vermont. As a result, this is where the most snow will be. All of northern New York gets 6-12", the highest amounts will be away from the Champlain Valley. The Champlain Valley will be split; the northern part of the valley (Burlington & Plattsburgh included) gets 6-12", the southern part of the valley gets 3-6". That's how sharp the drop off will be. 

 

Since southern areas will have a longer period of rain, sleet and freezing rain, there will be less snow but more ice accumulation. We should all see at least a light glaze that will make things slippery. Within the strip of .10"-.25", trees will start to bend and outages become a bit more of an issue. Regardless of snow and ice, travel will be very difficult most of Saturday, especially in the morning. Temperatures fell rapidly into the teens and 20s after hitting the 50s & 60s Friday afternoon! The mercury will keep falling during the day Saturday, we'll be in the single digits to around 10° by Saturday evening.

 

Saturday night, skies will partially clear and we get cold again with lows around -5 to 5° and wind chills around -10 to -20°. Sunday afternoon is trending drier with less wind but colder, highs will be lucky to hit 10°. Martin Luther King day looks cold but sunny, highs will only get to about 15°, lows will be back below 0° again. We'll stay well below freezing all week with rounds of snow Tuesday through Thursday. It won't be enough to replenish what we just lost, but it's a start.

Stay safe and warm!

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker


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