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Our weather seesaw continues: Chilly midweek, mild and rainy weekend

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 25,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Good day to you, southern Vermonters! After an icy, rainy and foggy start to the work week, we will be enjoying colder yet fair weather for the current mid- and late-week period.

Thereafter, we will see a return of milder weather and a chance for rain by Sunday into early next week that may end as a period of snow as the storm departs. This changeable weather looks to be our meteorological lot in the short term, with signals indicating a return to colder, more wintry days by early February. With that said, let’s jump into the details!

For Wednesday, we will start off on the cool side with highs cresting around the freezing mark. Mostly sunny skies should develop in the wake of our departing low pressure system. In addition, westerly winds will kick up as the low pulls away, and should gust to 30 mph or so at times. For Wednesday night, lows will plummet into the high single digits with slackening winds.

For Thursday, we will sit squarely within the coldest part of our upcoming Arctic blast. Highs will only reach the low 20s with lows in the single digits. At least we’ll enjoy mostly sunny skies! Winds will pick up and gust to 20 mph out of the northwest at times in the wake of the passage of an upper level low.

For Friday, we’ll enjoy one more fair weather day as high pressure moves to our south and begins to scoot east off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 20s and lows in the teens.

By Saturday, high pressure will be positioned to our southeast and, with its clockwise circulation, will generate a southwesterly flow that will bring milder temperatures into our region. Highs should reach the low 40s with lows down near the freezing mark.

Another difference from the late-week period is that clouds will be slowly increasing as a frontal boundary approaches southern Vermont.

By Sunday morning, we should see a period of showery weather taking up residence, although high temperatures will still be mild and reaching the low to mid 40s with lows in the mid 30s, with a continued chance of rain.

For early next week, another low pressure system may round the bend of an approaching upper level trough and either track right over us bringing heavy rain with flooding possibilities or, if it tracks slightly east, we could see a rain-changing-to-snow setup developing with temperatures cooling off a bit. Have a great week!

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #443 (Wednesday, January 24, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.

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