Weather Blog: The calm before the storm

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Good Evening everyone! 
 

Skytracker Meteorologist Haley Bouley Here!

What a beautiful day it was today. I took advantage of working the evening shift and got almost all of my Christmas shopping done, and I didn’t even need a jacket outside! Temperatures were in the upper 20’s and low 30’s with full sunshine… It didn’t feel too bad!

Beautiful weather sticks with us through tomorrow and temperatures will even climb into the low 40’s! Almost flip flop weather!

Then things get tricky.

Late in the day Thursday, clouds will thicken up ahead of two areas of action, a cold front draped over the Great Lakes, and a low-pressure system tracking north through the Ohio River Valley. Those two systems essentially merge together creating a massive area of moisture. The downside: temperature will be well above freezing for most, meaning all rain with this system… sorry snow lovers, your snowpack will be struggling after this thing rolls through.

Here’s the break down:

Rain arrives from southwest to northeast around midnight Friday. Initially, there may be a few isolated pockets of freezing rain especially in the hallows and protected valleys of the Northeast Kingdom and Adirondacks, as temperatures will linger near the freezing mark. I expect that to be relatively short-lived as the warm front associated with this system digs north and erodes out any lingering cold air and temperatures in many spots spike to the low 50’s.

The Friday morning commute looks messy, as pockets of moderate to heavy rain crosses New England and Northern New York. The National Weather Service has placed the entire area under a flood watch as the potential for up to 1.0″-2.0″ inches of rain exists with this storm.

That leads to our next concern: River flooding. 

With warm temperatures, heavy downpours, and snowmelt, the potential for river flooding and ice jams exist through the day Friday and Saturday. If you live in any flood-prone areas be sure you have a way to receive warnings if they are issued. As we all know, river conditions can change in the blink of an eye.

Thing wrapped up to rain showers during the afternoon hours of Friday, but another wave of downpours is expected overnight and even some snow showers on the back side of this system for Saturday.

Sunday looks to be partly sunny with temperature back into the 30’s.

Have a great night!

-Haley

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