Monday, May 15, 2017

Yep, That Was Snow Higher Up On Mother's Day. Next Up: A Heat Blast

This photo was taken from inside a New Hampshire DOT truck
that was salting snow-covered roads in Plymouth, NH. Sunday. 
On Sunday, some higher elevation towns in parts of the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont and especially mid and high elevations of northern and western New Hampshire got an unwelcome Mother's Day treat: Snow.

A few towns in New Hampshire were surprised by  four inches of it.  Along with power outages caused by wet, heavy snow weighing down foliating trees.

The summit of aptly named Mount Snow in southern Vermont got at least six inches.

This isn't the first Mother's Day with snow in New England and it probably won't be the last. I do remember a more widespread snow on Mother's Day, I think in 1996.

New Hampshire in particular had the snow because they were in the core of the weekend nor'easter's  heavy precipitation. The heavier precipitation cooled the atmosphere to the point where it was able to snow. It helped that the bulk of the precipitation came through New Hampshire at night, when it would have been cooler anyway.

You can see the results on a WMUR news clip on the bottom of this post.

The snow quickly turned to a light rain Sunday and the snow on the ground melted away.

New England is still under the influence of this nor'easter today, but luckily, no snow, except maybe in places like the tippy top of Mount Washington.

The problem today will be wind as there's a squeeze play going on between the departing nor'easter and high pressure coming in from the northwest.

Winds could gust to 40 mph throughout New England today, which, with trees now leafed out, ould bring down some branches and cause some local power failures. Leaves on trees act as little sails on trees on windy days, bending branches more than they otherwise would.

After that, we get another dramatic change. That high pressure in Quebec will drop down to a spot off the United States East Coast and strengthen. Southwesterly winds will pump summer air into New England by mid-week.

Quite a few 80s will pop up Wednesday, and if there's enough sunshine, a few spots could hit 90 degrees Thursday.

By then, a cold front will be approaching and thunderstorms could erupt by late afternoon, especially in northwestern New England, New York, southwestern Quebec and Ontario. A few storms could end up being strong. That'll be something to watch.

At the end of the week and next weekend, the weather will turn just about normal for this time of year, which will be nice after such a topsy-turvy weather week.

Here's that snow video from New Hampshire:

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