We finally made it to the weekend, congratulations! For much of the day, we have seen sunshine, clouds, and bursts of snow. Why? We have had a westerly wind flow, that is picking up moisture over Lake Ontario, and then dropping back down as snow across the North Country and much of northern Vermont. In fact, we have seen near whiteout conditions from the Mirror Lake Inn camera in Lake Placid.
As for the on-going flood concerns, we are still monitoring two main areas. The Otter Creek at Rutland Center, and the Pemigewasset River at Plymouth. Those who live or travel near these areas should remember to never cross a flooded roadway. Both rivers are forecasted to fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.
As we head into Friday evening we are still on the lookout for more of these burst of snow, also known as a snow squall. They can quickly knock down visibility from several miles to several feet. Additionally, they can blanket the ground with 1-3 inches of snow in a very short amount of time. That being said, do allow for plenty of time on the roads this evening. There will be glare ice as well, with much of the melting from Thursday refreezing. If you can, lay out some extra salt on the steps, and in the driveway to prevent a fall.
Heading into Saturday our wind will become light and out of the south, this should end any lake effect snow showers. From there we are under a mix of sun and clouds for much of the day, and it will be cooler too. Afternoon highs will climb to the middle and upper teens. Moving into Sunday a weak front will pass through, this will promote the development of more snow showers, leading to minor snow accumulations. For much of the Champlain Valley a dusting of snow should be expected, and up to 2-3 inches for the higher elevations.
Monday will start off quiet but will end messily. The good news, the morning and evening commute on Monday should go smoothly. The bad news, Tuesday morning does have the potential to give you a headache. Exact totals for this next storm are still to be determined, as we are closely watching for the chance of sleet and rain to mix in. This is something I will be monitoring all weekend long!
Tonight: Clouds about, with periods of lake effect snow, could see a quick (locally) burst of snow. Overnight low, -5° to 5°. Wind: West/South 5-8mph.
Saturday: Partly cloudy along with an isolated flurry or two. Afternoon high, middle teens. Wind: South 5-10mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with overnight lows in the lower teens. Wind: South 5-8mph.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, afternoon snow showers with light accumulation between a dusting in the valley and up to two inches in the mountains. Breezy as well! Afternoon high, the lower 30s. Wind: South 10-20mph, gust to 30mph.
Monday: Partly cloudy with some sunshine. Afternoon high, upper single digits, and lower teens. Wind: Northwest 10mph.
Have a great weekend,
-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher