Good morning: Sunny, seasonable day ahead

Good morning – we’re in for another mostly sunny day, although it’s supposed to be a bit colder tonight than we thought it would be earlier in the week. Then again, I didn’t expect it would be that warm.

Yesterday, driving into Barre from the Interstate, I came across a very odd set of conditions. The valley was cloaked in mist, and as I drove down into the cloud, a very fine dusting of ice crystals filled the air, and coated the trees in a shimmer of white ice dust. The coating continued all the way to the valley floor, but on the floor, there was none. Picture below:

A frosting of ice crystals on the hills above Barre

A frosting of ice crystals coats the trees on the hills above Barre Wednesday morning.

Today, you can expect a high of around 45, with lows in the low 20s and upper teens across the state, sunny with some high thin clouds. 

Extended Forecast:
Friday Night: Clear skies. Lows in the low to mid 20s.
Saturday: Sunshine. Highs in the lower 40s.
Saturday Night: Clear. Lows in the mid to upper 20s.
Sunday: Sunny. Highs in the low to mid 40s.
Sunday Night: A few high clouds. Lows in the upper 20s.

So far this year there have been 1,089 heating degree days since July 1, which is 106 more than last year at the same time.

Forecast Discussion:
What is likely to be one of the driest and sunniest stretches of the year is underway! Impressive, given that November is typically the cloudiest month of the year. High pressure, which was overhead yesterday, is slipping off to the north and east today. Even so, a ridge is being left behind, which will shield the region from clouds. This ridge will break down tonight, but an even stronger area of high pressure expanding over the Great Lakes will slowly build in to replace it, keeping the fine weather going. Temperatures will run at slightly below normal levels through the weekend.

Recreational forecast:

MOUNTAIN FORECAST: Today: A few high clouds. Tonight: Mainly clear. Tomorrow: Abundant sunshine. Temperatures: High of 35 at 2000 feet. High of 26 at 4000 feet. Winds: 2000 feet: Light and variable. 4000 feet: SW 5-10 mph.


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