Happy New Year! Rain, sleet, snow and pockets of freezing rain will be around while we celebrate the start of 2019. It’ll feel infinitely warmer than last year when it was well below 0° at midnight, we’ll start 2019 in the 30s to near 40°. In the Champlain Valley, it’ll be mainly plain rain with snow and sleet mixed in. However, in the mountains and in eastern Vermont, it’ll stay mainly wet snow with light freezing rain and sleet mixed in. There’s a winter weather advisory in place for areas away from the Champlain Valley in New York, Vermont & New Hampshire. 2-5″ of snow is possible in those areas. Precipitation will taper to showers after sunrise Tuesday. No matter what you get, roads will be slippery overnight, please be careful.
We’ll start New Year’s Day in the 30s & 40s but a cold front will carve across the northeast as the day goes on. That means leftover rain and snow showers will end through the afternoon and we’ll have a steady drop in temps from breakfast to dinner. Strong northwest winds will have us in the 20s and by 5pm with wind chills in the teens. Tuesday night, skies clear and the wind calms down a little. We’ll have a cold, dry and crisp night with lows in the single digits to around 10°.
Wednesday will be a beautifully sunny day but highs will struggle to hit 20°. Thursday through Monday will be slightly unsettled with weak disturbances racing across the North Country. There won’t be any big storms but we’re looking at a daily shot of light snow showers that don’t add up to much. Highs each day will be in the 30s with lows in the 20s.
Happy New Year!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker