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February 21, 2020

Detailed Forecast

Today

This evening: Clear with temperatures falling through the 20s. South to southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, then some clouds north after midnight. Breezy, and not so cold. Lows in the teens, dropping into the single numbers northeast. Winds south to southwest increasing to 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph from the Green Mountains west, and near 10 mph east, becoming light and variable in wind-sheltered valleys.

Saturday

Mostly sunny south, mixed with a few clouds. More periods of clouds north, and a stray mountain snow shower. Milder. Highs ranging through the 30s. Winds west to southwest near 10 mph, gusting to 25 mph over the higher terrain.

Saturday Night

Periods of clouds in the evening, with some clearing overnight. Lows in the teens northeast, in the low to mid 20s west and south. West to southwest winds near 10 mph, diminishing to light and variable east of the Green Mountains.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

None.

Extended Forecast

Today

This evening: Clear with temperatures falling through the 20s. South to southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, then some clouds north after midnight. Breezy, and not so cold. Lows in the teens, dropping into the single numbers northeast. Winds south to southwest increasing to 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph from the Green Mountains west, and near 10 mph east, becoming light and variable in wind-sheltered valleys.

Saturday

Mostly sunny south, mixed with a few clouds. More periods of clouds north, and a stray mountain snow shower. Milder. Highs ranging through the 30s. Winds west to southwest near 10 mph, gusting to 25 mph over the higher terrain.

Saturday Night

Periods of clouds in the evening, with some clearing overnight. Lows in the teens northeast, in the low to mid 20s west and south. West to southwest winds near 10 mph, diminishing to light and variable east of the Green Mountains.

Sunday

Partly sunny and milder. Highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Winds southwest near 10 mph from the Green Mountains west, and remaining light to the east.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows in the 20s, a few upper teens in the cold spots north and east.

Monday

Partly sunny in the morning, giving way to increasing clouds. Quite mild. Highs in the 40s.

Monday Night

Cloudy, with a chance of scattered, light snow or rain showers. Lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Tuesday

A few snow showers possible in the morning, then a few scattered rain showers. Highs in the 40s.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

None.

Recreational Forecast

General:

Mostly sunny, mixed with a few clouds west of the Green Mountains. Highs ranging through the 20s. Light winds, becoming south to southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Brief:

February nights might be shorter, but below zero is below zero. That’s where most areas start this morning, including some 20s below in a few of the usual deep, icebox locations. But the clear skies also portend a brilliant, sunny day today, allowing the mercury to recover to the 20s this afternoon, accompanied by a fresh, but not cantankerous westerly wind. High pressure stretches from coast to coast this morning, a rare sight, with a cold front settling south through the Florida peninsula, and a warm front sweeping from Ontario into western Quebec, well to our north, the only weather systems stirring up the atmosphere. This high will settle into the southeastern US, while the warm front mentioned will open the doors for some milder air this weekend. As this milder air slides over the remnant cold, some clouds will develop Saturday, possible even a few snowflakes in the mountains, but all-in-all a quiet day, to be followed by even milder air Sunday into Monday, with most areas climbing to the 40s, the warmest stretch since our early January Thaw. That may be the end of our quiet weather, as a weak system brings some scattered rain or wet snow showers Tuesday and Wednesday, while a more significant storm gathers for Thursday, though the details are unknowable this far in advance. It is not uncommon for milder weather in February to be followed by a snowstorm, nor it is unusual to see a thawing rain hint at the approaching season.

Winds:

Winds today will start light, becoming south to southwest 5 to 15 mph. Tonight, winds south to southwest increasing to 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph from the Green Mountains west, and near 10 mph east, becoming light and variable in wind-sheltered valleys. On Saturday, west winds 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph over the higher terrain. Sunday’s outlook calls for southwest winds near 10 mph from the Green Mountains west, and remaining light to the east.

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Mountain:

The summits can expect lots of sunshine today, moderate west winds increasing, and temperatures moderating this afternoon. The weekend continues the moderating trend in temperatures, with some periods of clouds Saturday, moderate northwest winds, and temperatures climbing to near 20. On Sunday, more periods of sun, light to moderate west winds becoming southwest, and temperatures edging up close to 32.

Winds Today Saturday Sunday
2000ft WSW 15>30 mph W 10 to 20 mph W 10 to 15 mph
4000ft W 25>35 mph WNW 15 to 25 mph W 10 to 20 mph
6000ft WNW 40>55 mph NW 60>45 mph W 25 to 40 mph
Temperatures Today Saturday Sunday
2000ft 18 N/24 S 28 N/32 S 32 N/38 S
4000ft 18 E/24 W near 20 30s
6000ft 5A to 10A near 20 near 30

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