Weather: Weekend Rain and Mountain Snow (10/21/16)


Happy Friday Folks! 

We are wrapping this work week up with scattered rain, some still moderate to heavy. An area of low pressure continues to move across the region with a cold front tailing to the south. Rain will continue into the overnight hours through Saturday. Rainfall totals so far range widely from less than an inch across eastern Vermont and western New Hampshire to nearly 5″ in Potsdam, NY. In between a range of 2-4″ from the Saint Lawrence River Valley to the Champlain Valley. While we will remind mild for your Friday night and Saturday morning, a cooler air mass will arrive Saturday afternoon. As our counter clockwise spinning area of low pressure moves northeast it will allow for cold Canadian air to move in from the west northwest. All this means is the change over from rain to snow will occur from west to east. Saturday afternoon snow will be seen across the Adirondack Mountains, and come late Saturday/ early Sunday snow will be seen across Vermont’s Green and New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Heading into the early morning hours of Sunday a strong westerly wind will pick up cooling the region down into the 30s. Giving even valley locations the opportunity to see some snow fly across the sky, with no accumulation. We will have snow accumulation for folks living above 1000′-1500′ starting at a dusting to 1″. Getting above 2000′ snow will accumulate 1″-3″ with higher amounts as you climb higher in elevation. A jackpot of a potential 6″+ will be found on the highest peaks across the region (Whiteface, Mansfield, and Jay Peak). These snow totals will continue into Sunday night. Sunday we are starting to wind things down, less rain and clouds. Even a few peaks of sun come Sunday afternoon, but still chilly with highs in the 40s.

Looking ahead to next week, things will be more calm (other than a few snow flurries Monday and Tuesday morning), and much cooler with highs in the 40s. 

Have a great weekend! 

-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

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