Weather: First hint of spring (3/13 AM)

Local News
Wednesday March 13th

Good morning!

It’ll be a tug-of-war in the next week between Winter and Spring. Our first taste of warmer weather kicks off this afternoon, but we’ll finish out the day with light snow. Let’s get into it…

Wednesday – Cold and clear throughout the morning with an early temp of 5-25°. Despite a few hours of sunshine, clouds will increase quickly mid to late morning and that sky becomes entirely overcast by mid-afternoon. The temp rebounds to near 40° with a light south wind. Starting at around 5 PM, a weak wave or disturbance enters the picture from the northwest, bringing some light snow to cap off the day.

Wednesday Night – Some valley drizzle is possible, but the main precip type tonight is snow. There just won’t be a whole lot of it. Many will find a fresh dusting to around 0.5″ of snow when they step out the door Thursday morning. However, from north-central Vermont to the Northeast Kingdom, along the Canadian border, 1-2″ of snow through midnight is possible. Low temp, mid 20s in eastern Vermont and the Adirondacks, to low 30s elsewhere.

Thursday – We’ll take a stab at a 50° high today in most spots, but there will overall be more clouds than sun overhead. It’s a fairly dry day, though an occasional sprinkle isn’t out of the question. South breeze 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night – Mostly cloudy with scattered, light rain entering the picture and an increasing south wind. Low to mid 40s. That mild overnight temp, along with continued snow melt, will prompt dense fog to form, particularly in sheltered valleys.

Friday – It’s not a big soaker of a day, but there will be some scattered light to moderate showers to dodge, totaling 0.1-0.5″ of rain. That sky remains mostly cloudy, but a few breaks of sun won’t be unheard of.  A much-anticipated high temp in the low to mid 50s closes out the day, and that warmth is aided along by a south wind of 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph or more.

As a result of ample river ice, a large snow pack melting and running off and rainfall, there is an elevated risk for flooding on area waterways. Even the smallest of creeks will likely be running high and fast. Larger rivers are anticipated to rise by several feet. Existing ice jams, and those that may potentially form, will need close monitoring. Keep and eye and ear out for alerts from local and state officials, if you live in a flood prone location.

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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