High wind, temperatures dropping today

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo Ice shanties sit out on Silver Lake in Barnard in Wednesday's balmy warm weather.

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Ice shanties sit out on Silver Lake in Barnard in Wednesday’s balmy warm weather.

The rain is pattering against the windows this morning, and although the forecast calls for it to change into snow later today, it’s a bit depressing to see mud and grass everywhere instead of the blanket of white we had a day ago.

It’s quiet now, but there is a National Weather Service advisory that forecasts strong to damaging winds across much of the northeast. Most of Vermont is not included in that, but along ridgelines and in a few Northeast Kingdom areas, the gusts could get above 70 mph. The NWS is also warning about the potential for ice jams on rivers that can cause flooding, as the warmth breaks up river ice.

Today: Mostly cloudy. Any early rain showers changing to snow. Temperatures falling into the lower 30s (or upper 20s in the northeast) by late afternoon.  West winds 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 50.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 16. Evening winds 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 40, then diminishing overnight.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Highs around 20.

Extended Forecast:
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 9 above.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Widely scattered snow showers. Highs around 24.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Lows around 11.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Light snow likely. Highs around 28.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Lows around 17.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 19.

Forecast Discussion:
The strong upper-level ridging that managed to build in over the eastern US has been kicked out by a sharp upper-level trough that helped to spawn
an intense surface low. Temperatures will fall throughout the day as cold air roars in around the backside this intense low pressure that’s now
over southern Québec. Strong winds will abate overnight, but strong cold-air advection will continue, plunging the region right back into the dead
of winter by tomorrow, a somewhat abrupt transition after the record and near-record highs that were recorded yesterday. Fairly typical winter-like
weather – although perhaps a bit cold even by that standard – will characterize the near-term and the weekend. Some occasional light snow and/or snow
showers will be the rule during this period. No major precipitation events are foreseen over the upcoming week.

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