Weather: Record Warmth to Winter (3/1/2017)

Planner for Thursday March 2  2017

Wednesday afternoon was another day where records were broken in a lot of places. Burlington, Massena, Mount Mansfield & Montpelier set record highs; St. Johnsbury came up just short.

Wednesday night, temperatures will fall steadily into the upper 20s & low to mid 30s by Thursday morning. Scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm will continue. The threat of any severe weather has passed but a few downpours can’t be ruled out. Wind will be our biggest issue overnight gusting over 30mph at times. Bennington & Windham counties in Vermont have a high wind warning. Wind gusts there will be close to 50mph or higher. Advisory or warning, it’s all enough to take down weaker trees, cut power and move debris into the road. Be careful.

As temperatures fall through early Thursday, rain will gradually change over to snow, starting in the mountains. Snow showers will continue off & on during the first half of Thursday, especially in the high country. We’ll watch them taper off by Thursday afternoon. Valleys may be able to squeeze out a dusting to an inch, while mountains get a few inches at the most. It shouldn’t be enough to cause major morning drive issues but do be cautious of wet and/or icy spots on roads. Meanwhile the morning will be the warmest part of the day. Despite clearing skies we’ll end up in the 20s & low 30s by the evening.

A reinforcing shot of cold air arrives Thursday night, lows will drop into the mid teens; wind chills Friday morning will be around 10° or colder. Saturday, it gets worse! Wind chills will be well below 0° everywhere to start the weekend. For the most part, both afternoons will be partly to mostly sunny with highs stuck in the 20s. A weak clipper may provide a couple snow showers Friday but most spend the day quiet & cold. Anyone have weather whiplash yet? If so, I understand.

Sunday & Monday, we warm back up into the low to mid 40s with a few rain or snow showers each day. At this point it doesn’t look like it’ll be anything to soak or snow you out. A more organized system arrives by Tuesday & Wednesday. It’ll try to put down widespread rain & snow showers.

Happy March!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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