Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Storm Recap, Then The Next Storm Wednesday

Beautiful satellite image of the big nor'easter off the
Maine coast on Monday.
Now that the big New England snowstorm from Sunday and Monday has mostly ended, we can get ready for the next snowstorm Wednesday.  

This next snowstorm will not be as big as the one we just had, but it will still have some pretty decent impacts in New England Wednesday and Thursday, especially the further north and east you go in the region.

I'll get to the details of that in a bit, but first, we'll review the last storm.

First, here in Vermont, the storm behaved pretty much as expected, with just  few tweaks.

You might remember I said there would be a "shadow" where, west of the Green Mountains, there would be lesser snow totals.

That turned out to be true, but the "shadow" was narrower than many thought. Right up against the west side of the Green Mountains in Addison, Chittenden and Franklin counties, there was only seven to 10 inches of new snow.

But get closer to the lake and you were out of the "shadow." In a stripe from south of Burlington to the Canadian border in the immediate Champlain Valley there was an impressive foot of snow, give or take.

At my house in St. Albans, Vermont, I ended the storm with just over 14 inches of new snow.

Burlington has a foot of snow on the ground for the first time since December 14, 2014.

The most snow reported in the region was 19 inches in Standish, New York and 16 inches at Walden and Georgia Center, Vermont.

In Downeast Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the expected blizzard hit, with two feet of snow at least and winds to 55 mph or more.

Lots of trees and power lines fell across eastern Massachusetts, too.


The next in a series of storms is coming across northern New England Wednesday into Thursday.

Storms from the west generally don't have as much moisture, or as much snow as nor'easters, but this is going to be an interesting one nonetheless.

What the Wednesday storm lacks in moisture it makes up for in energy and dynamics. As it crosses New York and into Vermont Wednesday, it looks like it has a good shot at producing gusty snow squalls. Kind of like summer thunderstorms in a way, except snow instead of rain and not all that lightning.  
Forecast map from the National Weather Service
in South Burlington for snow Wednesday and
Thursday. Click on the image to make it bigger
and easier to see. 

There could be brief mixes with rain in the warmer valleys during the afternoon Wednesday, but this will be predominantly snow.

The weather Wednesday could turn out to be quite variable in Vermont. There might be moments with peeks of sun and fairly mild temperatures in the 30s, then an abrupt blinding squall.

Be prepared for quick weather changes out on the roads.

As the storm crosses northern New England, it will transfer its considerable energy and whip up - yes - another nor'easter.

The nor'easter Wednesday night an Thursday will dump most of its snow on New Hampshire and Maine, but will throw back some moisture into Vermont, especially the Northeast Kingdom.

As it stands now, most of Vermont south and west of Interstate 89 between White River Junction and Burlington will get 2 to 4 inches of snow. The northern Champlain Valley, up by St. Albans, and cenral Vermont, places like Montpelier, and Morrisville are up for storm totals of four to six inches.

In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, a winter storm watch is in effect for six to eight inches of new snow from this new storm Wednesday and Thursday

Forecasts of course, will be tweaked, but what I just described is the general consensus right now.

Central and northern New Hampshire and the southern half of Maine are also under winter storm watches, with up to a foot of new snow forecast there. That's on top of the big storms they've already had, so I don't know where they're going to put all this powder.

After this next storm, we're still anticipating a break from the New England storminess Friday through at least Monday. Things look like they might get active, and warmer next week.

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