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January 18, 2020

Detailed Forecast

Today

***Winter Storm Warning for Bennington and Windham Counties south and west into Mass. and New York from 1PM today until 7PM tomorrow***

***Winter Weather Advisory throughout the rest of the region from 1PM today until 4 PM tomorrow***

Cloudy with snow developing through the evening. Temperatures mainly in the teens. Winds becoming south 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Cloudy with snow that will be moderate to heavy at times, especially along the Massachusetts border. Lows in the mid to upper teens. South winds 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph mainly in the Champlain Valley.

Sunday

Cloudy with snow becoming snow showers by the afternoon. Total storm accumulation between 4 and 8 inches with locally higher amounts in the northern mountains and along the Massachusetts border. Lowest amounts in the Champlain Valley. Highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Winds becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Cloudy with snow showers lingering over the northern mountains. An additional 1 to 3 inches over the mountains. Lows in the mid single digits to lower teens. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

***Winter Storm Warning for Bennington and Windham Counties south and west into Mass. and New York from 1PM today until 7PM tomorrow***

***Winter Weather Advisory throughout the rest of the region from 1PM today until 4 PM tomorrow***

Snow develops later today and this evening and will be moderate to heavy at times through the evening and early tonight. Snow tapers off to snow showers by tomorrow afternoon. 4 to 8 inches falls by tomorrow afternoon with around 10 inches over the northern mountains and along Vermont’s southern border.

Extended Forecast

Today

***Winter Storm Warning for Bennington and Windham Counties south and west into Mass. and New York from 1PM today until 7PM tomorrow***

***Winter Weather Advisory throughout the rest of the region from 1PM today until 4 PM tomorrow***

Cloudy with snow developing through the evening. Temperatures mainly in the teens. Winds becoming south 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Cloudy with snow that will be moderate to heavy at times, especially along the Massachusetts border. Lows in the mid to upper teens. South winds 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph mainly in the Champlain Valley.

Sunday

Cloudy with snow becoming snow showers by the afternoon. Total storm accumulation between 4 and 8 inches with locally higher amounts in the northern mountains and along the Massachusetts border. Lowest amounts in the Champlain Valley. Highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Winds becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Cloudy with snow showers lingering over the northern mountains. An additional 1 to 3 inches over the mountains. Lows in the mid single digits to lower teens. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday

Becoming partly cloudy with scattered snow showers over the northern mountains through the morning. Highs in the mid teens to lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy with a chance of scattered northern mountains snow showers. Cold with lows between -5 and 5.

Tuesday

Mostly to partly sunny. Cold with highs in the teens.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows just below and above zero.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

***Winter Storm Warning for Bennington and Windham Counties south and west into Mass. and New York from 1PM today until 7PM tomorrow***

***Winter Weather Advisory throughout the rest of the region from 1PM today until 4 PM tomorrow***

Snow develops later today and this evening and will be moderate to heavy at times through the evening and early tonight. Snow tapers off to snow showers by tomorrow afternoon. 4 to 8 inches falls by tomorrow afternoon with around 10 inches over the northern mountains and along Vermont’s southern border.

Recreational Forecast

General:

Cloudy with snow developing through the afternoon over Northern New York moving east into Vermont through the evening. Not as cold with highs in the mid teens to lower 20s. Winds becoming south 5 to 15 mph.

Brief:

Temperatures well below zero for some parts of the region have made it easy to forget last weekend's balmy temperatures and liquid precipitation. This past week brought a boost to the snowpack after a very lackluster weekend, when it comes to winter conditions. After a brief break yesterday more winter weather comes later today into tonight as low pressure moves through the region. Snow that will be heavy at times continues overnight into tomorrow morning. Snow then transitions to snow showers that mainly become confined to the northern mountains by the end of tomorrow. Although warmer air will be advected overhead from the south the cold air currently in place promotes high snow to liquid ratios or a very fluffy snow consistency. This quick-moving weekend system provides 4 to 8 inches throughout most of the region. The far Southern Green Mountains as well as the Northern Greens and Adirondacks approach a foot of new snow by Monday morning. The Champlain Valley sees the lowest snow totals with 3 to 6 inches. Temperatures rise closer to seasonal today but remain just under as highs crest into the teens and lower 20s. Tomorrow highs return to seasonal and rise into the 20s with some lower 30s. Below seasonal temperatures return on Monday and Tuesday, which will be helpful in preserving the snowpack. It sure has been touch and go when it comes to keeping a decent snowpack on the ground this winter but hopefully this weekend we will buck that trend.

Winds:

Winds come from the south today at 5 to 15 mph. Winds tonight remain from the south at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, mainly in the Champlain Valley. Winds switch to the northwest later tomorrow at 10 to 15 mph.

Mountain:

Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is upon us and is best known in our region for winter activities. Although this time last weekend a substantial warm-up was underway winter made a return throughout the week. The middle of the week provided the return of accumulating snow and a cold snap at the end of the week has helped freeze open water in the woods. This is all helpful for getting to the backcountry to ski, ride, snow machine, and hike. Another round of fresh January snow comes later today into tomorrow. Low pressure moves through the St. Lawrence valley providing a fluffy 4 to 8 inches of snow over the region. The far southern Green Mountains, as well as the Northern Adirondacks and Greens, see the highest totals from this storm with around 10 inches. The timing of this system could not be any better as it does coincide with a very busy outdoor recreation weekend. While many other times this season fresh snow has been followed by a warm-up and liquid precipitation cold temperatures and no rain is in the forecast throughout at least the middle of the new week. Although the chance of mixed precipitation does come at the end of the new week but computer models have plenty of time to suss out the details.

Winds Today Sunday Monday
2000ft SSW 10 to 20 mph NW 10 to 20 mph NW 5 to 15 mph
4000ft SSW 15 to 25 mph NW 20 to 35 mph NW 15 to 25 mph
6000ft SW 25 to 45 mph W 35 to 50 mph NW 30 to 45 mph
Temperatures Today Sunday Monday
2000ft Mid teens Mid 20s Lower 30s
4000ft Lower teens Lower 20s Upper 20s
6000ft Lower teens Teens Upper 20s

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