Weather: Weekend Flood & Storm Threat (2/25/2017)

Flood Watch thru 7pm Sunday Evening February 26 2017

The first half of Saturday will be quiet but the wind gets wound up (gusting near 20-40mph) and highs soar to into the low to mid 60s by Saturday afternoon. Burlington’s record high was 55°, that’s already been broken! There is even a good chance chance that Burlington breaks the monthly record high (63°) we just set on Thursday! A line of rain, embedded thunder and strong wind will approach after lunch starting in northern New York. Some of the storms may be strong putting down gusty wind near 40-50mph. Our severe risk is pretty low but an isolated severe storm isn’t out of the question. It’ll be a decent soaking with about a half inch to around an inch worth of rain. Couple the rain with the recent snow & ice melt, the flood risk continues with a flood watch for all of New York, Vermont & New Hampshire through Sunday evening. All rivers will have to be monitored but especially the Ausable River @ Ausable, NY, the Winooski @ Essex Junction and the Mad River @ Moretown.

Saturday night, rain will end as some wet wrap around snow through Sunday morning. Mountains & high elevation towns in the NEK may squeeze out a few inches. Meanwhile, valleys will only get a dusting to an inch at the most. Also, we will have to be mindful of a flash freeze and icy surfaces as temperatures quickly fall late Saturday. Sunday will feel very much like winter despite the still mild highs in the middle 30s.

Have a great weekend!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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