Showers, sleet and snow (!?) today and tonight

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo Black labrador mix puppies play tug-of-war with a leash while playing outside at the Central Vermont Humane Society Thursday. The Humane Society just received a group almost 20 puppies from a rescue organization in North Carolina and are looking for good homes for the dogs.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo
Black labrador mix puppies play tug-of-war with a leash while playing outside at the Central Vermont Humane Society Thursday. The Humane Society just received a group almost 20 puppies from a rescue organization in North Carolina and are looking for good homes for the dogs.

After a home opener gem, the Red Sox are on a bit of a skid, but it’s early yet. What’s more irritating is that we walked outside the office yesterday and it was snowing. Sure, it was the kind of weak, inconsistent snow that seems so exciting but so teasing in October or November, when you can’t wait for the first storm. But right now, in mid-April, it’s just cruel. Speaking of April, it’s nearly tax day. Better get to work on that! As for weather, there’s not much good news, unless you love being cold, wet and windblown.

Today: Cloudy with a mix or rain, freezing rain, snow, and sleet. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight: Showers of rain and sleet likely. Lows around 30. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming light south late.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Widely scattered rain showers, mixing with snow or sleet early. Highs in the mid to upper 40s. Winds southwest 5 to 10 mph, becoming light west.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with widely scattered rain or snow showers. Lows 28 to 30.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers of rain or snow. Highs 42 to 46.
Sunday Night: Increasing clouds. Chance of rain or wintry mix late. Lows in the lower 30s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs in the low to mid 50s.
Monday Night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers. Lows 36 to 40.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered to numerous rain showers. Highs 53 to 57.

Forecast Discussion: A wintry mix should continue through midday even in the valleys, as cold high pressure will be slow to yield to southeasterly winds around complex low pressure to our southwest. The cold, wind-driven precipitation will continue through much of the day, likely peaking in intensity this afternoon. Any rain that can manage to work itself into the mix will transition back to a wintry mix after midnight. The gusty winds will start to slacken this evening, as the surface low splits more and more into two separate centers if circulation, with one moving to the southern New England Coast by evening, and the other lagging behind over Lake Huron. As the coastal low moves northeastward along the shore of Nova Scotia, the western low will drift into Ontario, spinning overhead of Sudbury by tomorrow morning. A slightly milder southerly and then westerly flow will develop around this western low late tonight and tomorrow, helping temperatures to moderate back into the neighborhood of the seasonal averages by tomorrow afternoon. This subtle warming trend should become a bit more pronounced by Monday and Tuesday.

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