Weather: Quiet End to the Week (2/18 AM)

High Pressure Brings Quiet Weather

Good morning!

An early morning cold front passage Thursday is providing a cool down with temperatures only reaching the upper teens to low 20s. North winds of 5-15 mph will make it feel a touch cooler though, wind chill values will hold steady near zero. At least we can enjoy ample sunshine throughout the day as high pressure builds in across the Northeast. Tonight, mostly clear and nearly calm with chilly overnight low temps from -5 to 10 degrees. There may be a few low stratus clouds streaming through the Champlain Valley, but Friday will start out nice and sunny.

By late Friday afternoon, high pressure will slide off to the east and the first of two Clipper systems moves in. A Clipper is just a quick-moving low pressure system. We’ll be on the warm end of this one, meaning temperatures will climb from Friday night through Saturday. This also means that while most of the precipitation starts out as snow, rain is more likely for valley spots and foothills by Saturday morning. 1-4″ of wet snow is possible though from this first system for the mountains. High temps Saturday reach the mid 30s to mid 40s.

By Sunday, we briefly dry out with a few glimpses of sunshine possible. But late Sunday into Monday, another disturbance moves through. This time, we start out with rain as highs on Sunday reach near 40 degrees, but by early Monday, that switchover to snow happens. 

Next Wednesday into Thursday, long-range weather models are hinting at a developing coastal low pressure system bringing us another round of wintry precipitation. But how much and what type? It’s too early to say. It’s just an early “heads-up” at this point!

It’s almost Friday! Woohoo!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

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