Weather: The calm before the storm (3/6 AM)

Tuesday March 6th

Good Tuesday morning!

Enjoy some sunshine a warm up to around 40° this afternoon, all before our second Nor’easter of the month, just a week in, arrives Wednesday. Tuesday, high pressure ridging cruises by overhead, providing us with a mix of sun and clouds. The temp approaches the upper 30s to around 40°, after starting near 20°. Light north wind 5-10 mph. Tonight, clouds increase. Lows bottom out in the upper to mid 20s.

Wednesday, initially very light snow falls over southern counties, meaning most of us have a quiet early morning commute. I don’t think there will be many complaints there. Throughout the day, snow spreads north slowly, with waves of heavier snow kicking off Wednesday evening through Thursday. Though road conditions may be dicey Wednesday around dinner time, the worst slipping and sliding will likely happen Thursday.

Temps range both days from the upper 20s at night to low and mid 30s daytime. That’s mild enough, that a few raindrops could accompany those snowflakes in the Champlain Valley Wednesday afternoon. The wind shouldn’t be as big of an issue this go around (as compared to last Friday) with the maximum gusts being tightly confined to the center of the Nor’easter, along the coast.

While a widespread 6-12″ falls from the Adirondacks into Vermont and New Hampshire the highest totals will be found along the spine of, and east of, the Green Mountains. Lower totals are found through the Champlain Valley, as well as the western edge of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence Valley.

By Thursday afternoon, snow starts to wind down. As the low moves off the northeast at a painstakingly slow pace, we get caught up in broad cyclonic flow. That puts our general flow pattern out of the northwest. Scattered, terrain-drive snow showers will linger on-and-off throughout Friday and Saturday with additional light accumulation to a few inches possible in the Adirondacks, along the western slope of the Greens and throughout the Northeast Kingdom. 

Have an awesome day!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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