Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hope You Like Winter, New Englander! It's Hanging On

Back to winter weather driving this morning, as seen here
in St. Albans, Vermont.
Once again, I awoke to some fresh snow outside my house in St. Albans, Vermont this morning, as winter continues to drag on this year into spring.
True, the new snow only amounted to about an inch, not the two and a half feet we got a week ago.

But it's still dispiriting this time of year, when I, and many others, are anxious to get out there and do spring outdoor work.  

That ain't happening any time soon.

Though much of last week's deep snow has settled and partly melted, there's still a lot left. The Arctic cold front that swept through before dawn isn't exactly going to help that melting process along.

Today's high temperatures - in the low 30s - happened just after midnight and it's all downhill from there.

Afternoon temperatures will be in the teens and a strong north wind will bring subzero wind chills. That's way, way colder than normal for late March.

Tonight will be frigid, too, with pretty much everybody going under 10 degrees and some colder spots below zero once again. Brrr!!

I suppose Thursday will feel better with lighter winds, sunshine and temperatures in the upper 20s, but that's still pretty darn cold for late March here in Vermont.

Then on Friday, a warm front will try to make a run at us.
This is one of a few cars that slid off Interstate 89 in
Georgia, Vermont this morning after another Arctic
front blasted through New England.
Good news, right? Warm front? Mild air?

Um, no. Not this time.

The warm front's progress will be blocked by another cold high pressure area over Quebec. So Friday at this point looks like we'll get some snow and sleet, likely changing to a cold rain the valleys.

That will be good for another one to three inches of sloppy snow and ice and slush in much of the North Country.

That high pressure in Quebec will push that weather front back south Saturday but it might make another run at us Monday.

The forecast beyond the weekend is very, very uncertain. Take anything you hear at this point with a grain of salt. However, it does not look like there will be any kind of great, big warmup heading into next week. And more mixed precipitation is possible next week, too.

At least the skiers and riders are getting some late season joy out of this, so not everybody's bumming about our winter in spring, right?

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