Our threat of flooding continues through Saturday evening. Rivers, creeks and streams will crest (reach their highest point) by early Saturday then recede by 8pm. Most of them should remain within their banks but it’s quite possible an ice jam moves and water gets pushed where it shouldn’t be. We’ve also had reports of flooding caused by ice clogging culverts. Please be very mindful of that and relay any flooding you see. It’s still impossible to say where exactly ice jam flooding will happen but a flood watch is in effect for all of northern New York and most of Vermont.
Friday night, cold air spills back in and we get some spotty snow to mix in with light rain; lows will be in the low to mid 30s. Saturday, spotty snow showers continue between lots of dry time. Snow accumulation won’t be much, 1-3″ in the mountains and around a dusting to an inch in valleys. Meanwhile, highs will struggle under mostly cloudy skies and strong west/northwest winds. We’ll top out in the middle & upper 30s while winds gust 20-30mph. The more south you go, it’ll be a little sunnier with highs in the 40s.
St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday and the weather looks good, but it’s going to be much colder! Skies will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the low 30s. The snowpack obviously took a hit but there’s still plenty to enjoy, just be careful of ice. The first part of next week will be dry, cool and mostly sunny Monday to Wednesday. Highs will be in the low to mid 30s each day, lows will be in the teens to near 20°. The vernal equinox, aka spring, happens Wednesday evening at 5:58pm.
Have a great weekend!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker