Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Noon Update: Snowstorm Slowly Winding Down In the North Country

After watching snow fall pretty heavily around my St. Albans, Vermont property all morning, the snow is definitely getting lighter, following a trend going on across New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
The snow is beginning to taper off along
Fairfield Hill Road in St. Albans, near my house,
but snow still snow has to be cleared. Roads
will remain slick this afternoon.  

Winter storm warnings have been mostly dropped, or will be by around 1 p.m. as the snow continues to taper off.

Light snow showers will continue the rest of the day, but most places will get an inch or less of additional accumulation.

The exception is the western slopes of the Green Mountains, and maybe some of the western slopes of the Adirondacks, a few highland spots in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and some of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

There, they could get get a few more inches of snow before it finally stops tonight.

The snow is tapering off, but the roads are still in pretty rough shape, despite yeoman's work by state and local road crews in northern New England and New York.

Gusty winds continue from the northwest, and that will continue the rest of the day. Snow will continue to blow and drift onto roads.

And there's plenty of snow to blow around. Those bands of snow that were predicted with this storm definitely formed. The worst of them were across central, southern and southeastern Vermont, maybe a little east of where some forecasters might have thought.

The upshot is the Champlain Valley of Vermont got a bit less snow than forecast, but not by much. The six to 12 inches of snow in that region is a pretty good dump. I'll  have to measure again, but it looks like I got a good eight or nine inches in St. Albans.

As expected, the Green Mountains and southern Vermont really got nailed. The last update came in around 10:30 a.m. and showed a whopping 23.5 inches in Mount Holly,  Vermont and several places in central and southern Vermont around a foot and a half.

I'm sure later updates will have a few storm totals bigger than these.

There still might be some interesting weather in our future over the next week or so. Another storm is brewing in the Midwest. It's going to become another nor'easter. Most forecasts still have it waiting to really crank up until it gets off the New England coast.

If that expected outcome happens, New York and Vermont will only get a little snow, three inches or less, with somewhat more in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts, and Maine gets another whalloping.

Another weak system comes in Monday with some more light snow.

HOWEVER: There's always a "however." Some of the computer forecasting models are hinting the Saturday and/or Monday storms could have a bigger impact on northern New England than we think now

A few models crank out 4 to 12 inches of snow in Vermont Saturday through Monday. That's no guarantee. The models that are hinting at the heavy snow aren't always reliable when we're still a few days in advance.

So I'll offer an update when the forecast becomes more clear. We still have to shovel off all the snow that came down last night and this morning anyway before we worry about future snows.

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