Weather: Winter Storm Friday (3/30/2017)

Snowfall Forecast as of March 30 2017

Thursday was a bright, quiet and pretty enjoyable weather day. There was ample sun and highs got into the upper 30s & low to mid 40s everywhere. Thursday night, things start to change. We’ll get cloudier but much of the night is dry with lows in the upper 20s.

Friday morning, snow approaches and spreads across the entire northeast mainly after the morning drive. Parts of southwest Vermont may have to deal with a dusting to 2″ but most have an easy ride in. Snow will initially be light but as the afternoon turns into the evening, there will be periodic bursts of snow, especially in central & southern Vermont/New Hampshire. Also as the day goes on, rain will mix into areas that are lower than 1000′, it’ll be all snow and sleet above that. This will be a wet snow with weight to it. Roads will be slushy, visibility will be low at times and the lights will likely go out for some. It should also be noted that snow will get to the Northeast Kingdom and much of northeastern Vermont/northern New Hampshire last, probably not until the evening drive.

A winter storm warning has been issued for central & southern Vermont & New Hampshire starting at 5am Friday lasting through 2pm Saturday. A widespread 7-12″ is possible in the warning area. Almost everywhere else, away from the St. Lawrence & Champlain Valleys is in line for 4-7+”. Thanks to warm air and rain mixing in, lower northern valleys are in the 2-5″ range. The worst of the storm will be Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning, this is when the heaviest bursts of snow will be possible.

We are expecting areas of rain but mainly snow to continue overnight into Saturday morning. Spotty rain will continue during at least the first half of Saturday before ending by Saturday night. It’s less than ideal but this shouldn’t keep you from coming out and joining us for Walk MS: Burlington 2017. Bring a pair of gloves, winter coat and boots and you’ll be good to go! Just know that the weather will be a little raw. A bunch of us from the station will be out there walking for a great cause, say hello!

We’ll salvage decent days Sunday & Monday; expect more sunshine and highs in the middle & upper 40s. Tuesday is a long way out but we’re looking at another storm that will likely bring us another mess. Will it be rain or snow or both? That’s still being worked out, stay tuned!

The weekend is in view!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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