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The forecast plan for the storm hasn't changed much at all from previous forecasts. We're now in Phase I of this moderate-sized event, with a steady light, sometimes moderate snow expecte to continue most of the day, and into the evening as you go further northeast into New Hampshire and Maine.
I am getting plenty of reports of slick roads across the region, with spinouts, traffic jams and such on several stretches of Interstate 89 and other roads in Vermont.
Pretty much everyone in the region is affected by this Phase I. It's also the warmer half of the storm, and by afternoon, the snow will become somewhat wetter and heavier especially south of Route 2 in Vermont as temperatures flirt with the freezing mark for a time.
In far southern Vermont and New Hampshire, the snow will probably mix with or change to rain for a time today.
As we get more and more into the evening, the precipitation will lighten up as we prepare for a colder, windier Phase II of this storm.
By Wednesday morning, the wind will have switched to the west and northwest and the storm consolidates to our northeast and strengthens. This more powerful storm will kick moisture back through northern New England also cause the winds to increase and the temperature to drop. It will truly be a wintry day in the North Country with snow, blowing snow, and a lot of chill.
As mentioned yesterday, this Phase II will favor the mountains of northern New York, central and northern Vermont, the northern half of New Hampshire, northwestern Maine and southern Quebec.
It'll be a ski resort's dream, with not big huge additional accumululations in the deeper valleys, but lots of additional snow up in higher elevations.
The predicted snowfall is still the same as yesterday. Totals will be in the three to seven inch range in the valleys of northern New York, Vermont and central New Hampshire. The higher elevations are still in for a solid six to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts. (Especially around Jay Peak, Vermont)
Be careful on the roads today through Wednesday, and skiers, get your equipment ready. It's a good start to the ski season.