Winter is finally here – Chilly days, snow off and on this week

Well, it’s starting to look like a real winter, after a year when we never really saw winter. This week’s going to have some more snow, mostly light flurries off and on, but the temperatures should keep the 12-20 inches we got across the state on the ground.

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance for some mountain flurries. Highs 26-33, light NW wind to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, scattered snow showers mostly in the mountains, and mostly after midnight. Lows 15-20, with light winds. Small amount of accumulation possible, more along tops of the Green Mountains.

Tuesday: Scattered early snow showers quickly ending, then decreasing clouds and turning colder. Highs 20-26—temperature falling during the afternoon. NW wind 8-15 mph.

Extended Forecast:

Tuesday Nt: Partly cloudy. A few hilltop ice crystals. Lows 5B-5A.

Wednesday: Thin partial clouds. Highs 11-17.

Wednesday Nt: Mostly clear. Lows 0-8B.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 15-20.

Thursday Nt: Slight chance for flurries or snow showers. Lows in the single digits above zero.

Forecast discussion:

A narrow ridge of high pressure will slide east of the state by midday, and the wind will back into a milder west-southwest direction. This will pull some moisture into northern Vermont later this afternoon and overnight ahead of an arctic front that should arrive here a couple of hours before sunrise on New Year’s Day. As is typical in these situations, snow showers will stream out over far northern VT ahead of the front for several hours, then a narrowing band will sink southward with the front over central and southern Vermont. Given the expected fluffy nature of the snow, small variations in melted precipitation totals will result in fairly wide variances in snowfall. There is the potential for some snow squalls over far northern sections of the state just ahead of the front during the wee hours of New Year’s Day. Thereafter, we’re in for a few days of deep chill.

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