Monday, March 27, 2017

Quick Monday A.M. Update: As Expected, Freezing Rain East

Drizzle, a muddy driveway and very slowly melting
snowbanks this morning at my house in St. Albans, Vermont.
Further east in Vermont, however, it's freezing rain.
Be careful out there! 
The forecast issued yesterday for this morning worked out just as expected.

There's lots of patchy rain, drizzle, freezing rain and freezing drizzle across the North Country this morning.

Almost all of the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York is above 32 degrees, so freezing rain isn't a problem there.

There is freezing rain, however, in parts of the Adirondacks, in  Vermont from the Green Mountains eastward and in much of central and northern New Hampshire and on into Maine.

Basically, if you're headed to or from places like Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, White River Junction or Springfield, Vermont this morning, watch out for plenty of slick spots. The state highway trucks are salting the roads, but there is only so much they can do.

It's telling that the Vermont highway truck drivers are having to put chains on their tires this  morning, meaning it's very slick.

If you can postpone driving in central and eastern Vermont and other freezing rain areas until late morning, you'd be better off.

By noon if not sooner, everybody should have gone over to plain rain. It'll be a rainy, damp, chilly day with rain around and highs not getting much above 40 degrees, but it at least we won't be adding more to the deep snow pack.

The forecast is still on track for a slightly cooler than normal, but not frigid work week. The mountains could pick up a couple of inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday, but there won't be much, if anything for snow in the valleys.

It looks like some sort of storm will come along Friday and Friday night, and we'll have to watch that one. Temperatures will be close to cold enough for snow. The early bet is rain in the valleys, with soime snow possible there Friday night, with more accumulating snow in the mountains.

That's just an early guess, so stay tuned on that one.

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