I hope everyone had a great weekend! There won’t be any weather related issues through Tuesday morning, it’s just going to be cold. Lows will be on either side of 0°. Clouds get thicker Tuesday morning and snow starts from southwest to northeast after lunch. Snow will get to the Northeast Kingdom last, after 4pm. Expect 1-4″ on the ground by 8pm. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s temps gradually climb into the low 20s by sunset.
Snow and pockets of sleet will continue overnight through Wednesday morning while temperatures slowly rise. Some of it will be heavy at times and the wind will be getting stronger. This is when the worst of the storm will be, roads will be snow covered, visibility will be low and southeast winds will be gusting over 30mph. The strongest wind gusts will be felt along the western slopes of the Green Mountains from Chittenden county south to the Massachusetts line. A wind advisory is in effect from 4pm Tuesday to 7am Wednesday. Isolated to scattered power outages are likely.
Wednesday, steady snow gradually tapers to snow showers. By Wednesday evening we get a widespread 6-12+”. The lower end amounts (6-8″) will be found along western facing slopes, especially from Middlebury to Rutland. The jackpot amounts (12+”) will be found in the St. Lawrence Valley and along eastern slopes, including the northern Champlain Valley. Burlington and Plattsburgh both get around a foot. Whether you end up with 6″ or 13″, getting around Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon will be slippery.
Snow showers may a little longer in the mountains on Valentine’s Day. However, most of us are dry but mostly cloudy. Highs will be around 30°. Enjoy the fresh snow while you can! A warmer system will bring another shot of rain and snow Friday through Saturday morning. The storm will have to be monitored but at this point, we’re not too worried about flooding.
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker