Bitter cold is here; snow not coming ’till Saturday

Morning Sky, Jan. 10 '13There are dangerous wind chill advisories across northern Vermont, and the temperatures are in the single digits below zero across the state – although Rutland is at 0 degrees exactly and Springfield’s at 1 above. There’s a -30 degree wind chill reported in Morrisville, and Mt. Mansfield is recording -24 degrees.

So, it’s cold.

There’s a list of school closings and delays here.

We’re looking at similar temperatures tomorrow night; for today it should be clear and windy, with some clouds moving into the area Thursday. Friday will be mostly cloudy and a bit warmer, in the teens, but the forecast snow will hold off until Saturday.

Forecast discussion from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury:
Invasion of arctic air continues today with a deepening upper level trough drawing down strong Arctic high pressure at the surface, the latter of which will be centered over southwest Ontario by Thursday evening. Interaction between this high and a strong surface cyclone over Labrador will cause northwesterly winds to strengthen Thursday. Wind chill values will be dangerously low throughout the region for today, tonight, and Thursday. By Friday morning a storm will be gathering over the Ohio Valley. The surface low will be spinning off of Cape Cod by Saturday morning. It could bring some snow showers or perhaps a period of light snow, mainly on Friday night. The bitter cold temperatures will moderate somewhat over the weekend, but not dramatically. It looks like a more pronounced warm-up might occur early next week.

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