Weather: Frigid Friday Then Milder, Messy Weekend (12/16 AM)

Milder but Messy Weekend

Good morning!

Although the wind will weaken today, it stays absolutely frigid right through this evening. Northwest winds of 5-15 mph, with an occasional morning gust to 25 mph, weaken and shift to out of the southwest after lunchtime. However, with a high temp of 5-15 degrees above, even that bit of wind is enough to leave us with a wind chill at or below zero until Saturday morning. Aside from the cold, it’s a mostly sunny day with a few occasional clouds or snow showers. 

Tonight, clouds will continue to increase with a near-steady temp outside of about 5 to 15 degrees above zero. Although the deep freeze comes to a close this weekend, we pay a price for Saturday and Sunday’s warm up. We’re trading Wind Chill Advisories for Winter Weather Advisories with snow and ice accumulation ahead.

Saturday morning, steady, light to moderate snow will spread from southwest to northeast. A general 2-5″ of snow will fall, with locally higher amounts of 6+” across south central Vermont and New Hampshire. In addition to slick, snow-covered roads through midday, visibility falls to one-half mile or less periodically. Saturday afternoon, outside of the mountains and Northeast Kingdom, snow showers taper off, with a high in the mid 20s to near 30 degrees.

Saturday night, showers kick back up again…this time expect a wintry mix, including sleet and freezing rain. The regions most likely to see around 0.1″ of ice build-up, Adirondacks and northern Vermont. Isolated power outages are possible and slippery paved surfaces are imminent. Be extra careful through Sunday morning.

On Sunday, thanks to a milder air mess with a temp around 40 degrees, precip changes entirely over to rain. It’s a cold rain, but it’s a plain rain. Snow-lovers, fear not; rain changes back to snow at higher elevations Sunday afternoon…leaving just a coating up to around 1″.

Early next week, Monday is a chilly one! High temp, mid to upper teens, but mostly sunny. 

Have a fabulous day and an even better weekend! Enjoy the snow!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

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