Weather: Warm Start to February (2/1/2016)

Planner for Tuesday Feb 2 2016

Wow, what happened to January 2016? It came and went and in Burlington it ended as the 15th warmest January on record. It wasn’t as warm as December, but still well above average. February started where January left off, in the 50s! Burlington hit a record high of 53° at 6:54 Monday morning. St. Johnsbury, Vermont also hit 53°, another record high! Monday night into Tuesday it’ll stay mild, by February standards, many wake up on Groundhog Day in the low to mid 20s; average is around 10°! While you and the groundhogs start moving around Tuesday morning, skies will be partly to mostly sunny. This means shadows will likely be seen and according to folklore, 6 more weeks of winter it shall be! We’ll see about that in the long term but in the short term we’re going warm! Tuesday will be a rather pleasant weather day with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 30s. Some of you in southern Vermont & New Hampshire may make a run near 40°.

Tuesday night into Wednesday a strong area of low pressure, it’s the one causing blizzard conditions in the middle of the country, will start to push northeast. We’re not getting a blizzard, in fact, we’ll be on the warm side of the system so it’s playing out to be more rain than anything else for us. That said, there’s a short window early Wednesday morning for a hit of a wintry mix before sunrise. That could lead to some isolated icy spots but i’m not expecting any major problems. Temperatures will quickly warm during the day and rain will become widespread, some of it may be heavy at times. River flooding isn’t expected to be an issue. The wind will be howling through the day. Gusts in valleys will be near 40mph, mountain towns could gust near 50mph; isolated power outages are possible. Meanwhile, summits could close in on 60-70mph. I mentioned the warmth, highs will be in the 40s to near 50°. Burlington’s record high is 49°, it’s going to be close!

Rain will gradually end Wednesday night as high pressure regains control. Thursday and Friday will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 30s; Thursday will be the warmer of the two days. Another clipper brings scattered snow over the weekend with highs in the low 30s.


-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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