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April 9, 2020

Detailed Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy and blustery. Snow showers likely north and in the southern mountains, with a trace to an inch in the valleys, and 1 to 4 inches over the mountains and hills. Highs from the mid 30s to around 40 north, and low to mid 40s in the south. Winds from the west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph, gusting 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Scattered evening snow showers, sometimes mixing with rain in the valleys, all diminishing overnight, with another trace to 2 inches in the northern mountains. Lows from the mid 20s to lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

Snow developing over the higher elevations today, especially above 1,200 in the north, lowering into the valleys later tonight into tomorrow, producing minor amounts in the deeper valleys, but several inches across higher elevations and mountain valleys, with Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories. Difficult to hazardous travel conditions likely, and localized power outages are possible.

Extended Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy and blustery. Snow showers likely north and in the southern mountains, with a trace to an inch in the valleys, and 1 to 4 inches over the mountains and hills. Highs from the mid 30s to around 40 north, and low to mid 40s in the south. Winds from the west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph, gusting 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Scattered evening snow showers, sometimes mixing with rain in the valleys, all diminishing overnight, with another trace to 2 inches in the northern mountains. Lows from the mid 20s to lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

Saturday

Variable clouds in the south. Mostly cloudy north, with scattered mountain snow showers, and occasional sprinkles or flurries in the valleys. Highs in the mid to upper 40s south and in the Champlain Valley, upper 30s to lower 40s elsewhere north. Winds from the northwest 10 to 20 mph, and gusting to 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Clearing and a bit colder. Lows in the 20s, a few teens in the cold spots northeast, to the low 30s in the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys.

Sunday

Some morning sun, then increasing clouds west to east. Not as chilly. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Becoming cloudy, with rain showers developing, mainly after midnight, possibly mixed with snow northeast. Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s, coldest northeast.

Monday

Periods of rain and showers. Breezy and mild. Highs in the 50s, some low 60s in warmer southern valleys.

Significant/Hazardous Weather

Snow developing over the higher elevations today, especially above 1,200 in the north, lowering into the valleys later tonight into tomorrow, producing minor amounts in the deeper valleys, but several inches across higher elevations and mountain valleys, with Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories. Difficult to hazardous travel conditions likely, and localized power outages are possible.

Recreational Forecast

General:

***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES THROUGH FRIDAY FOR THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND NORTHEAST KINGDOM, EXCEPT WINTER STORM WARNINGS FOR ESSEX COUNTY IN VERMONT, AND FOR COOS AND NORTHERN GRAFTON COUNTIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE; WIND ADVISORY FROM LAKE GEORGE INTO THE SOUTHERN GREENS AND BERKSHIRES***

Brief:

You’ve been told this would happen. No, this is nothing about the virus. April has a knack for getting you to let your guard down, as though winter weather has retreated. But April brings along whatever March left behind, and so we have a March-like forecast of rain changing to snow, particularly for the higher terrain, where shovels will be needed….again. After a quiet night, another, stronger storm forming north of the Great Lakes will work southeast into the Adirondacks this afternoon, and then spawn a new, intensifying storm near Boston late today, tracking up the Maine coast tonight into Friday. Much of the area will see a cold rain, though higher elevations will see snow. As the storm heads northeast tonight, the rain and snow will taper off south, while snow levels lower into the valleys north overnight into Friday. Some accumulation appears more and more likely, especially above 1500 feet, perhaps lowering to the northern valleys late tonight, while the rain ends south. The cold, moist circulation behind the storm brings a typical pattern of mountain snow showers, with additional accumulations, mixed with rain in northern valleys, while southern valleys start Friday with a little sun, before clouds and a few passing showers slide through in the afternoon. This chilly, raw April weather will linger into the start of the weekend, still holding lots of clouds over the mountains, with more periods of sun in the valleys, especially south. Milder conditions return Sunday, along with more sunshine.

Winds:

Winds today increasing from the southeast 10 to 15 mph, gusting over 30 mph over the higher elevations, shifting to the west and southwest later in the day. Tonight, winds west 10 to 25 mph, gusting 30 to 45 mph. On Friday, winds west to northwest 10 to 20 mph, gusting 30 to 40 mph. Saturday’s outlook calls for winds northwest 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

For more details on Lake Champlain, go to: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BTV&product=REC&issuedby=BTV

Mountain:

Clouds will be lowering onto the summits from west to east this morning, along with periods of snow, possibly mixed with rain. A few to several inches are possible through Friday, along with moderate to strong southeast winds, and temperatures in the 30s, falling into the 20s. Friday keeps the summits in the clouds north with frequent snow showers, resulting in additional accumulations, and in and out in the south, where snow showers will be scattered. Moderate northwest winds will be accompanied by colder temperatures. The weekend outlook starts with lots of clouds Saturday, briefly lowering onto the northern summits, with a few morning snow showers. Clouds breaking for some sun across the southern mountains. Moderate northwest winds, and temperatures near to below freezing. On Sunday, a mix of sun and clouds, lighter winds becoming southwest, and temperatures moderating several degrees.

Winds Today Saturday
2000ft NW 20 to 35 mph NW 20 to 35 mph
4000ft NW 25 to 40 mph NW 25 to 40 mph
6000ft NW 60 to 80 mph NW 60 to 80 mph
Temperatures Today Saturday
2000ft 30s 20s
4000ft 20s 20s
6000ft 15 to 20 teens

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