Clearing today, warmer, with snow returning this week

The sun will be up at 7:08 a.m. today, and set at 4:16 p.m., for a 9 hour, 8 minute day. We’ve only got 17 more days to winter hump day – the solstice, when the days start getting longer again.

It’s looking like another warmish day today, although the rain should be moved along by now. We’ll see another front moving in around Wednesday.

Today’s forecast in northeastern Vermont: Early clouds and sprinkles, then gradually increasing sunshine. Highs 41-46.  W-NW wind freshening to 10-15 mph, then shifting to North and diminishing to 5-10 mph by late afternoon.

For southern Vermont: Becoming mostly sunny. Highs 47-52. NW wind 8-15 mph, diminishing to around 5 mph by late afternoon.

Forecast tonight and beyond:

Tonight: Mostly clear to start.  Patchy low clouds and fog forming late in deeper valleys. Lows 25-34.  Wind light and variable.
Tuesday: Isolated patches of freezing drizzle and valley fog to start, otherwise partly cloudy, mild, and becoming breezy. Highs 55-60 along the RT 7 corridor, and in the low-mid 50s otherwise. Light, variable wind becoming S-SW 10-15 mph and gusty.

Extended Forecast:

Tuesday Nt: Rain showers developing, may mix with snow showers around daybreak over high terrain. Lows 40-45.
Wednesday: Rain showers likely, changing to snow showers by late morning. Temperatures falling into the mid 30s.
Wednesday Nt: Chance for early flurries or snow showers, then clearing. Lows 18-23.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 34-39.
Thursday Nt: Mostly clear. Lows 15-23.
Friday: Increasing clouds. Highs 38-43.

Forecast Discussion:

A small bubble of high pressure behind a pacific cold front will settle overhead by early this evening, giving us a relatively mild and increasingly sunny day, then a clear first half of the night. By tomorrow morning, the high will have moved to New Brunswick, and another surge of warm air will be on our doorstep as moderately deep low pressure currently near Lake Winnipeg rockets across James Bay and into central Quebec, dragging a warm front through the region.
Rain showers ahead of a sharp cold front will arrive Tuesday evening, and change to snow showers early Wednesday once the cold front passes.  A trailing upper level trough will keep snow showers going over higher terrain throughout the day Wednesday.

Today: Decreasing clouds. 47

Tonight: Mostly clear. 34

 

Night Sky: You should have this from Mark.
Sunrise:   7:08 a.m. Sunset:   4:16 p.m. Length of Day: 09 hrs 08 min Moonrise:  9:05 p.m. Moonset: 10:26 a.m.

 

 

TEMPS
Normal High     39

Normal Low      21

Heating Degree Days Yesterday     31e

Total since July 1, 2012        1785e

Last year                       1503

Record Temperatures
Maximum this date……………..60/1998    

Minimum this date…………….-06/1976  

The Vermont forecast for today:
 
Zone 1 (northwest)

Partly sunny, mild. Highs 42-47. NW wind freshening to 10-15 mph, then diminishing to light and variable by late afternoon.

 

Zone 2 (northeast)

Early clouds and sprinkles, then gradually increasing sunshine. Highs 41-46.  W-NW wind freshening to 10-15 mph, then shifting to North and diminishing to 5-10 mph by late afternoon.

Zone 3 (south)

Becoming mostly sunny. Highs 47-52. NW wind 8-15 mph, diminishing to around 5 mph by late afternoon.

 

For Tonight and Beyond:

Tonight: Mostly clear to start.  Patchy low clouds and fog forming late in deeper valleys. Lows 25-34.  Wind light and variable.

Tuesday: Isolated patches of freezing drizzle and valley fog to start, otherwise partly cloudy, mild, and becoming breezy. Highs 55-60 along the RT 7 corridor, and in the low-mid 50s otherwise. Light, variable wind becoming S-SW 10-15 mph and gusty.

 

Extended Forecast:

 

Tuesday Nt: Rain showers developing, may mix with snow showers around daybreak over high terrain. Lows 40-45.

Wednesday: Rain showers likely, changing to snow showers by late morning. Temperatures falling into the mid 30s.

Wednesday Nt: Chance for early flurries or snow showers, then clearing. Lows 18-23.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 34-39.

Thursday Nt: Mostly clear. Lows 15-23.

Friday: Increasing clouds. Highs 38-43.

 

Forecast Discussion:

A small bubble of HIGH pressure behind a pacific cold front will settle overhead by early this evening, giving us a relatively mild and increasingly sunny day, then a clear first half of the night. By tomorrow morning, the HIGH will have moved to New Brunswick, and another surge of warm air will be on our doorstep as moderately deep LOW pressure currently near Lake Winnipeg rockets across James Bay and into central Quebec, dragging a warm front through the region. 
Rain showers ahead of a sharp cold front will arrive Tuesday evening, and change to snow showers early Wednesday once the cold front passes.  A trailing upper level trough will keep snow showers going over higher terrain throughout the day Wednesday.

 

Short Form:

 

Tuesday: p cldy/rn shwrs likely 55/42

Wednesday: rnsn shwrs likely/chc flurries 42/23

Thursday: m sunny/m clr 35/18

Friday: inc clds/m cldy 42/28

 

RECREATIONAL FORECASTS
 
MOUNTAIN FORECAST: Today: Increasing sunshine. Summits in and out of cloud to start, then cloud-free. Tonight: Mostly clear. Tuesday: Partly sunny, breezy, mild.  Summits cloud-free. High temperature today around 42 at both 2000 and 4000 feet. NW wind 10-15 mph diminishing to 5 mph at 2000 feet, and NW 20-30 mph diminishing to 10-15 mph at 4000 feet.

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