Weather: Dangerously cold & windy (1/30/2019)

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Dangerous wind chills January 30 & 31 2019

We’ve still got some light snow showers around but most of the accumulating snow is done. Cold and wind are taking over. Lows will drop to around 0° while strong west/southwest winds gust over 20mph. That’ll blow snow back over the road and put wind chills in the 20s & 30s below 0° by daybreak. Whether you’re in a wind chill advisory or a warning, it’s the kind of cold that gives you frostbite in a half hour or less.

Thursday, most of us have a dry day with a few peeks of sunshine. However, lake effect snow will try to spread across southern St. Lawrence, southern Franklin & Essex counties in New York. Some of that snow will also reach the central & southern Green mountains. I’m not expecting much accumulation (an inch or less) in Vermont, but the spots I just mentioned in New York may get 2-4″ with isolated higher amounts. Meanwhile, highs will be around 10° with wind chills in the single digits and teens below 0° during the afternoon.

Friday should be pretty quiet with a little more sun and a little less wind. That doesn’t mean it’ll be warm though, highs will be in the low to mid-teens. Saturday, we get a quick moving system to bring widespread light snow. This one won’t be a biggie, around 4″ for the mountains, with an inch or two in the valleys. We will get a little warmer with highs in the low 20s.

Sunday, we’ll be between systems. Most of the day should be dry and cloudy with highs nearing 30°. Sunday night through Monday, a more organized, warmer system arrives. It’ll start as a wintry mix of sleet and snow Sunday night then transition to plain rain from mountain top to valley floor through the day Monday. Monday’s early commute will likely be icy. Unsettled weather continues through the middle of next week with a daily hit of rain/snow showers. Highs will get into the 30s & 40s, our snowpack will take a hit. It won’t completely disappear but we’ll likely lose several inches.

The weekend is in view!

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker

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