Weather: Cold now, warm with a flood threat later (2/16/2018)

Planner for Saturday February 17 2018

A couple of us got some bonus snow Friday afternoon! St. Albans got over 3″, Fairfax got 2″ but we’re quiet now. Skies will clear through Saturday morning with lows around 10-15°.

The weekend starts sunny, dry and quiet on Saturday and it’ll feel like February with highs close to 30°. Saturday night & Sunday morning a quick hit of snow arrives. Some light accumulating snow (1-4″) is possible in southern Vermont & New Hampshire, most of that falls while we’re sleeping. The North Country looks to miss out on most of it this time around but it really doesn’t matter. The sun will come out Sunday afternoon and highs will get into the 30s & 40s again. The new snow will melt quick. Either way, if you’ve got holiday weekend ski/ride plans, you should be good to go!

Thinking ahead to next week, we’re warming way up. Highs Monday through Wednesday should easily get into the 40s & 50s, some will get into the low 60s on Tuesday! Burlington’s record high is 58°, that may very well get broken. It doesn’t come with a squeaky clean weather pattern. Expect showers to start later Monday and last through Wednesday afternoon. The steadiest rain will happen on Tuesday.

The warmth will lead to snow and ice melt. When you couple that with rain, our flood threat will go up. Many North Country rivers are still jammed. The image to the left shows ‘the most serious’ ice jams noted by the National Weather Service. Even if the river you live closest to isn’t listed, ice jam flooding is difficult to predict and will be possible along many of our rivers. Be careful, especially from Tuesday afternoon onward.

Have a great weekend!

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker

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