Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Morning Snow Nightmare, Or Dream Come True

My partly cleared off truck in St. Albans, Vermont
this morning. After I took the pic, it started snowing again
to create a bit more work. 
I have to get up early today and get the dogs to daycare and then to work.

I'm sure you have your morning rush to do.

Well, if you're reading this before work, get moving, pronto!

The snow that came down in Vermont and New York is surprisingly deep. And wet and heavy. And also freezing to everything.

Here at my weather hacienda in the northwestern Vermont community of St. Albans, we have 6.7 inches of new snow.

It has the consistency of wet concrete. It froze to my truck and it took me 15 minutes of scraping and digging just to get my truck in driveable condition.

If your car was outside overnight, expect a chore.

I don't have time to shovel so I'll just power through it. Thank goodnews for FWD.

Not much snow was falling in Vermont as of 5 a.m. but it was snowing pretty good still in northern New York. Some of that is lake effect, but a lot of it is a stream of moisture coming down from Canada on the back side of the storm.

The roads in New York and Vermont are icy, despite the good work of road crews. Also, the snow in New York might start to pivot into Vermont, especially northwestern sections, during the morning commute.

That will make things rougher this morning.

A note to bosses all over the Champlain Valley: Don't be surprised if your employees show up late today. Be nice to them. They had a frustrating, snowy trip to work.

All this is grumbling, but skiers and riders have really hit the jackpot. Most resorts got close to a foot of snow out of this, and it's still coming down.

It's going to stay cold enough for the snow to stick around through the weekend in the mountains. There will probably be more light snows off and on up there through the weekend, and of course it will be cold enough to make snow.

The winter sports season in the North Country is certainly off to a better start than last year.

I don't have a lot of updated snow totals to give you as of 5:30 a.m. I'll update later.

The places that really seemed to get clobbered so far are the high elevations in east central New York, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut and high elevations of southern and southwestern Vermont.

Storm totals as of around midnight were 16 inches at a high elevation at Woodford, in far southern Vermont. Also, 12.5 inches in the Massachusetts Berkshires town of Savoy. An observer in North Pawlet, at a 1,250 elevation in southwestern Vermont got 11.5 inches. In Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, Norfolk got 13.5 inches.

The giant snow totals will spread north today, with mainly high elevations in New York, Vermont and northern New Hampshire sure to get buried. I'm sure I'll see at least a couple reports of at least 18 inches emerge later today.

So far the most I've seen in the North is 10.5 inches in Lake Placid, New York and 7.5 inches in South Starksboro, Vermont.

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