Monday had “October” written all over it. It was breezy, raw, rainy and chilly. In fact, there was snow falling on the top of Whiteface! The chill in the Adirondacks will continue through Tuesday morning. A frost advisory is in effect for much of northern New York, away from valleys. Lows here will drop into the low to mid 30s. That’s the type of cold that can do damage to sensitive plants if they’re left outside. The rest of us will start Tuesday mostly sunny with lows in the upper 30s & low 40s. Clouds and wind will hang on a little longer in Vermont & New Hampshire, that will help keep those places frost-free.
The bright start to Tuesday will be shortlived, by the afternoon clouds thicken up and another batch of rain arrives by the evening. Meanwhile, highs struggle again, only getting into the low to mid 60s. That’s not overly chilly, but it’s still nearly 10° below average! Showers continue Tuesday night through the day Wednesday. The steadiest rain will be from the Adirondacks, south & east through central/southern Vermont & New Hampshire. Showers end Thursday morning and we’re looking at about .50-1″ worth of rain in those spots. The rest of the North Country gets about a half inch or less. Wednesday’s highs will stay in the 60s but as rain ends Thursday, highs get back into the upper 60s & low 70s.
The light at the end of this gloomy, cool tunnel arrives Friday. Ridging takes hold and proves at least 4 days in a row, off partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s! It’s entirely possible a couple of weak disturbances drift toward southern Canada & the NEK in that timeframe. A few showers may get going but for the most part, it’ll be some of the best weather we’ve had all spring. Enjoy!
If you’ve been missing the 80s, you’re right in thinking we’re long overdue! Since observations in Burlington moved to the airport in 1941, our average first 80° day happens May 4th. This May 4th, it was 59°! The warmest day of the year at BTV so far was May 26, Marathon Sunday, it was 79°. The longest we’ve had to wait for an 80° day was June 12. That happened in 1983, we had 4 straight 90° days right after that. Careful what you wish for 🙂
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker