Last week’s rain may have had Spring on your mind, but Winter is saying not so fast. There’s a decent helping of midweek snow on the way, that could snarl your Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes. Let’s get into it!
Tuesday Morning – All’s quiet here. We start out with morning low temps near and slightly below zero, under a fair sky with a light and variable wind. Snow won’t kick off until this afternoon, so enjoy that easy ride into work…just make sure to warm the car up first for maximum comfort! Yikes!
Tuesday Afternoon – Snow will spread from southwest (Adirondacks, St. Lawrence Valley and southern Vermont) to northeast (Northeast Kingdom and northern New Hampshire) between approximately 1 PM and 7 PM. The evening drive home will feature deteriorating visibility and road conditions, as a result. Take it slow and plan for tons of extra time. Make sure your car is fully gassed and you have some emergency provisions and perhaps some snowmelt or a shovel, just in case. The temp reaches into the 20s, and a gusty southeast wind starts picking up.
Tuesday Night – Snow will likely be moderate to heavy overnight, perhaps even blindingly so for overnight drivers. It will be difficult for a few hours, for skeleton road crews to maintain clear lanes. The temp will also climb overnight into low 30s, instead of dropping, which may lead to some sleet and/or rain mixing in with the snow through broad valleys and over lower terrain of southern Vermont and New Hampshire counties. A southeast wind of 10-15 mph for most gusts to around 20-30 mph. However, along the western slope of the Green Mountains, that wind could hit top gusts of 40 or even 50 mph, leading to isolated tree damage and spotty power outages. Here, thanks to some shadowing effects, snow totals might end up a little lower.
Wednesday – Speaking of snow totals, let’s chat more about that. Snow will still be lightly to moderately paced throughout much of the day, but winds down from west to east slowly during the afternoon. In total, by tomorrow evening, most end up with a solid 6-12″. We covered the shadowing and the chance for some locally lower totals along the western slope of the Green Mountains. Conversely, slightly higher totals (yes, even more than one foot…up to 15″ or even 18″ maximum) are possible for mountain peaks, the St. Lawrence River Valley and the eastern edge of the Adirondacks towards the Champlain Valley. The temp is steady in the low 30s Wednesday, with that gusty southeast wind settling and shifting to out of the west.
Thursday – A few mountain-induced, upslope snow showers are still possible here, but overall it’s a quieter Valentine’s Day. While clouds will likely be fairly stubborn, take your sweetheart for a ski or snowshoe in that beautiful new powder! Low temp, near 20 degrees. High, upper 20s to low 30s.
Next round of tough weather hits Friday and Saturday…this time, snow and rain are on tap. More on that to come!
Have a terrific day! Safe travels!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault