Monday started sunny but clouds got thicker and a batch of light rain & snow will move through tonight. There’s still a ton of dry air at the surface so it may take a little longer for the rain to hit the ground. Early on, most of the rain will evaporate before it gets to us but i’d expect showers to start closer to 10pm. Initially, it’ll be all plain rain but as temperatures drop, wet snow will mix in. In the valleys, it’ll be nothing more than sporadic flakes with little to no accumulation. However, from about 1000′ to summit level, a light coating to 2″ is possible. That’s not enough to cause big issues, but those that live in mountain towns may need the snow brush again. We’ll be waking up to lows in the upper 20s & low to mid 30s.
Showers will continue during the morning drive but will end for most of us by noon. Expect peeks of sunshine after lunch with highs in the upper 40s & low 50s. Tuesday night, dry weather continues under partly sunny skies; lows will be in the low to mid 30s. Wednesday will start quiet but spotty showers return Wednesday afternoon, highs will hover near 50°. Wednesday night through Thursday morning, widespread rain returns. Some light snow may mix in over the higher terrain again but for most, it’s plain raw rain with lows close to 40°. Steady rain will gradually taper to showers by Thursday afternoon with highs in the mid 50s. Yet another wave of rain slides by Thursday night through Saturday morning. As of now, the weekend is trending drier with highs on either side of 60°.
Multiple waves of rain this week will cause rivers to slightly rise but they should stay within their banks. There’s a greater risk for flooding along Lake Champlain. As it stands, it’s already in minor flood stage. Flooding continues along the Burlington Waterfront and the Wilcox Dock area remains closed in Plattsburgh. It’s possible this week’s rain will push the lake into moderate flood stage resulting in extensive lowland and road flooding along the lake. Those impacts wouldn’t be felt until late week, we will be monitoring it closely.
Have a great week!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker