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Heavy snow Wednesday, light snow Friday, ice this 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, folk of the southern Green Mountains! If you’re picking up the paper on its publish date (Wednesday, Feb. 7), it is most assuredly snowing in your neck of the woods. We’ve got heavy snow on the way this day, with up to a foot or more in some locations in Windham County.

In addition, we can expect more light snow on Friday as a Clipper system moves through, then a period of mixed snow and ice Saturday night, possibly changing to rain or remaining as ice on Sunday as we get into some milder temperatures into next week.

With all that said, let’s jump into the details!

For Wednesday, Winter Storm Warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., for Windham and Bennington counties in southern Vermont. Snow will start mid- to late-morning, and then quit by midnight. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid-20s, with lows in the teens.

As for the storm setup, low pressure will be tracking east-northeast out of the Ohio Valley. Since this system originated in the southern U.S., this storm tapped Gulf moisture, so its loaded up and ready to produce. As it tracks into Pennsylvania, it will redevelop south of Long Island and track over southeast Massachusetts.

With antecedent cold air in place, and high pressure to our northeast, we should remain all snow. It’s possible that some sleet does mix into southern parts of the county.

For this reason, we can expect anywhere from 6-12 inches of snow, with some areas getting over a foot. If it remains all snow, we can expect the storm to produce accumulations in the higher end of that range.

For Thursday, high pressure will move in briefly, bringing breezy northwest winds, mostly sunny skies, and highs in the low- to mid-20s with lows in the single digits under cloudier skies.

For Friday, an Alberta Clipper system will swoop in from the Great Lakes and bring a period of light snow or snow showers during the day and into at least part of the evening with additional light accumulations of a coating to 3 inches possible. Highs will again be in the low- to mid-20s with lows in the single digits.

For Saturday, we should have a milder day with highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper teens to low 20s. Partly sunny skies should start the day, with clouds increasing and snow showers developing later in the day and night with additional light accumulations possible.

This is due to another low pressure system moving east-northeast through Pennsylvania and into New England.

For Sunday, any snow showers should change to rain showers in the lower elevations with highs well into the 30s and lows in the 20s. Early next week looks fair and sunny, with highs in the mid 30s.

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 #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page undef.

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