Following a strong cold front that swept through Monday night, temperatures have plummeted and the wind has ramped up, leaving us shivering through much of the day. However, warmer and wetter weather is just around the corner again soon.
The temp on Tuesday inches into the mid teens to mid 20s under slowly decreasing clouds, with mountain flurries lingering into early afternoon. That partly sunny sky this afternoon does little to warm you up, with a northwest wind of 10-15 mph and gusts to 25-35 creating wind chill values near zero. Tonight, the wind settles and the sky finishes clearing up, as overnight lows bottom out around 0-15 degrees.
Wednesday begins that warm-up. The temp jumps to around 30 degrees under a mostly sunny sky with a light south wind of 5-10 mph. Wednesday night, mostly clear to even partly cloudy. Low to mid 20s. Thursday should start out with some sunshine, but clouds increase throughout the day as our next big storm approaches. Near 40 degrees.
Thursday night into Friday morning, widespread precipitation takes over with a strengthening low moving towards the St. Lawrence River Valley. Initially, we may be dealt an icy blow with freezing rain in the Adirondacks and from the Green Mountains east. Quickly though, as warm air advection begins, we switch over to plain, cold rain. As an early estimate, without any dry slot building in, some could see an inch or more of rain. As temps jump into the mid and upper 40s, even near 50 degrees in broad valleys, rain plus melting and runoff could lead to ice jam concerns.
Strong southeast wind gusts may also cause sporadic power outages. Showers continue into Saturday, when, at some point, a cold front will arrive behind the low. This changes rain over to snow showers Saturday evening into Sunday. Cooler weather then follows for Christmas.
Have a terrific Tuesday!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault