Weather: Weekend Cold, Monday Snow (12/9/2016)

Planner Saturday December 10 2016

Friday night will stay cold and windy. Layer up, wind chills will be around 5-10° by daybreak Saturday. A few flurries will be around but it likely won’t be enough to get in your way.

Spotty light snow showers will continue in the mountains on Saturday while most of us are quiet. Over the last several days, mountains have received several inches of fresh powder, this is great news for ski country! However, the bigger weather story there will be how cold is it. It’ll easily be the coldest air of the season, yes even colder than Friday. Saturday will start in the single digits and teens everywhere with wind chills between 0° & 10°. Highs Saturday afternoon will be lucky to get into the mid 20s, mountains will stay in the single digits & teens. Meanwhile skies will be partly to mostly cloudy but we should be able to squeeze out a few rays of sunshine!

The first half of Sunday continues dry with lows in the single digits and teens & highs in the 20s. For those keeping score at home, before Friday, the last time Burlington didn’t hit 30° was April 4th. Technically, Burlington hit 33° at 12:34am Friday morning making it the high for the day. However, while after 3am we spent the rest of the day in the 20s.  If you’re skiing or riding over the weekend, layer up! It’ll be pretty windy in the mountains too. West/northwest winds will kick at 15-30mph, combine that with mountain highs in the single digits and low teens, the wind chill will be harsh. There are few things worse than sitting in the wind on a chair lift.

There is starting to be more run-to-run consistency in our models regarding Sunday night/Monday. Expect a period snow to spread across the area overnight into Monday morning. This will very likely lead to a slow commute to start next week. Snow will likely continue through the end of the day before perhaps mixing with freezing rain and sleet by the evening. This is less than great news for evening drivers. All told, an early estimate on snow is for 3-6″ over northern Vermont & New York. Jackpot totals of 6-8″ will be in central Vermont & New Hampshire, including the Upper Valley. We’ll be adjusting those numbers as the storm gets closer and track becomes better established. We’ll stay rather unsettled with a continued chance at snow Tuesday and especially Wednesday. Highs will be in the low 30s with lows in the teens. Signs also keep pointing at an even colder batch of air to arrive by next Thursday. Highs by then will be lucky to get into the 20s with lows around 10° or colder!  Welcome winter 🙂

Have a great weekend!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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