Winter’s back: Cold and some snow return

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo Along the White River in Stockbridge, the ice has broken up and is flowing downstream, creating a cracking and clonking sound where it hits the shore or trees along the way.

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
Along the White River in Stockbridge, the ice has broken up and is flowing downstream, creating a cracking and clonking sound where it hits the shore or trees along the way.

A day makes all the difference. Wednesday, we had snow on the ground, and it was cold but warming up. Thursday, it was warm and spring-like, with pouring rain early, then by sundown it was cold again, and snowing.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a video of ice breaking up on the Mad River in Moretown – kind of amazing, how much power and force there is behind it all.

So winter is here again. The forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs 12 to 16. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of an evening flurry. Lows around 4 above. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph, diminishing after midnight.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely during the afternoon. Highs around 21.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely. Lows around 9.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered morning snow showers. Highs around 26.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Light snow likely. Lows around 15.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Light snow likely. Highs around 17.
Monday Night: Mainly clear. Lows around zero.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high around 17.

Forecast Discussion:
It doesn’t look like there will be any strong surface lows affecting the area in the foreseeable future. Multiple reinforcing short waves will bolster the newly-established long wave trough over the eastern US and southeastern Canada through the end of the upcoming work week. The first of these is passing over the region today. At the surface, high pressure will try to assert itself during
the weekend. However, a mid-level impulse will bring the chance of light snow tomorrow, largely over northern portions of the forecast area. A somewhat stronger mid-level impulse will move through on Sunday night, likely bringing a period of light snow to the entire region. This regime will repeat a couple of additional times through Friday, with reinforcing short waves aloft bringing periodic chances of light snow. The persistent upper-level troughing will keep temperatures generally below the seasonal averages.

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