I will preface this by saying, 'Please stay up to date regarding the weather forecast because expectations will likely change with some unanswered questions remaining.' Not to overshadow it, but there was discussion within the National Weather Service office in Burlington of issuing a flood watch in southern areas for heavy rain.A very strong storm carrying a boatload of moisture will develop along the Gulf Coast states Friday bringing thunderstorms and downpours to their local area. It will then move northeast, taking a hike along the Appalachian Trail, then move east once it gets to the Delmarva and Chesapeake Bay area. This is when questions start arising. The questions are; 1) How much warm air and how much cold air will be present across VT/NH/NY and Quebec? 2) How much moisture will get drawn in? The picture is becoming clearer that a lot of water content will move into New England, even so much that we'll count the rainfall in southern New England and southern VT/NH in *inches* of water and that will pose a flooding threat where there is ice on rivers and snow covering the ground/mountains. Farther north, cold air will get locked in and there will be pockets of freezing rain and heavy, dense snow. The question still remains, 'where does that rain/snow line set up?' It appears it will bisect the tristate area pretty much in equal halves, so somewhere between VT. Rt. 2 & 4.
The timing on this next storm will be from about 8 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday. Since the snow could be very heavy to the north, coupled with winds of up to 20-25 mph, power outages will be a concern. Again still lots to iron out for the details, be sure to check in with our Facebook page for updates!
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