Weather: Rain and Mountain Snow (10/21 AM)

5pm Friday

Happy Friday! Good morning!

Keep that umbrella on hand! This soggy stretch of weather continues right into the weekend. And, ready or not…the first mountain snow is quickly approaching!

Friday morning, a band of moderate to heavy rain continues to dump on northern New York and northwestern Vermont. Meanwhile, early Friday, the rest of Vermont and New Hampshire is seeing overcast skies with more spotty, light showers. That band of rain over New York’s North Country will lift to the northwest throughout Friday, but not before putting down another 1-2″ of rain.

There will be a drying-out period today for most, midday through early afternoon. But then, a surge of moisture from a subtropical system near the mid Atlantic provides yet another round of rain, some of which may be heavy, throughout a lot of central and eastern Vermont into western New Hampshire, including those spots that didn’t see much rain Thursday night.

With a cold front swinging from northwest to southeast through northern New England Friday, high temperatures will range from the low 50s in the St. Lawrence Valley to the mid 60s near Lake Champlain, all the way to near 70 degrees in the Upper Valley. Southerly winds ahead of the front will be at 5-15 mph in valleys, but up to 30-50 mph across the mountains.

Over the weekend, periodic showers continue under mostly to, at times, partly cloudy skies. Temperatures continue to trend cooler. Saturday brings highs near 50 degrees; while on Sunday, temperatures reach into just the low to mid 40s. 

Ready or not, here it comes…snow! Well, at least for the mountains. Saturday morning, rain will begin to change to snow in the Adirondacks; and by late Saturday into Sunday, the Green Mountains. Any accumulation will be confined to mid slope and above, including mountain towns like Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Stowe. From around 1000-1500′, a dusting to 1″. Around 2000′, 1-3″. Highest summits of both ranges could see 4-6″ or more. Valleys, including the Champlain Valley, may see a few fat, wet flakes mix in with rain drops, but nothing will stick to the very warm and wet ground.

Early next week, this large low pressure system finally scoots out of the area and we begin to dry out. A few up slope snow showers may linger on through Monday and Tuesday, but most begin to see peaks of sunshine. That cool air sticks around, though, with highs in the 40s and nighttime lows in the 20s/30s. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

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