As Friday went on we had periodic snow showers but the wind calmed down some. The afternoon wasn’t nearly as harsh as the morning when we started with lows well below 0° everywhere. The snow, as light as it was, is still creating icy and snow covered roads Friday night, be careful. Any snow that may still be flying will end through the night and we’ll get cold again. Lows for all will drop below 0° bottoming out around -5 to -25°. The coldest spots will be the Adirondacks and the Northeast Kingdom. During the day Saturday, we’ll be under partly to mostly cloudy skies with some passing snow showers. The best shot at snow will be in central & southern areas but a few snow showers can’t be ruled out over the North Country. Accumulation, if any, will be light. The mountains may squeeze out a few fluffy inches. There’s a better chance at widespread snow by the middle of next week. Meanwhile, Saturday’s highs get close to 10° with occasional light pushes of wind at 3-7mph. That’ll still be enough to put wind chills close to or below 0° during the day.
The bottom falls out again Saturday night and Sunday. Sunday will be sunny but highs will struggle to get above 0°. New Year’s eve night, the big cold and wind come roaring back to usher in 2018. Expect lows to fall to around -10 to -20, wind chills will be around -15 to -30. For those keeping score, Burlington’s record low January 1 is -17(1970). I doubt we get there but other parts of the country will be breaking records.
One more thing about the cold. By Saturday morning, Burlington will be up to 4 days in a row of lows at or below 0°. There’s nothing shocking about that but we’ll more than likely string together about 3 more days with lows at or below 0°; that’ll put us at 7 in a row by Tuesday morning. Burlington’s longest streak of lows at or below 0° is 12, it happened February 9-20, 1979. In case you’re wondering, within that streak Burlington had a streak of 5 days (February 13-17, 1979) where highs were at or less than 0°; that’s the longest Burlington has ever gone without hitting 1°.
Happy New Year!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker