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Wintry weather pattern is stubbornly sticking around

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, southeastern denizens of the Green Mountain State! We’ve got a changeable start to our upcoming 7-day period, with High Wind Watches posted as of this writing.

By the time you read this, those Watches should be converted into High Wind Warnings as strong low pressure north of us wraps up and introduces gusty winds and showers into southern Vermont for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Thereafter, we could see snow on Friday morning changing to rain showers as the day wears on, with more snow chances Saturday night into Sunday, and again Monday night into Tuesday. This appears to be winter’s final parting shot as we should move to a milder pattern during the second half of April.

Having said all that, let’s jump into the dailies!

For Wednesday, a warm front will be pushing north of our region, allowing highs to bust into the 50s for one day. At the same time, a cold front will be approaching from the west, so our warmth will be short-lived. Scattered showers will be possible during the day, and some gusty downpours and a rumble of thunder may precede the cold frontal passage.

Behind the front, west winds will gust 45 to 60 mph at times Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning. Lows Wednesday night plummet into the low 20s, making for single-digits wind chill readings in spots!

For Thursday, we’ll have a mostly sunny but blustery day with northwest winds gusting to 30 mph with highs in the mid to upper 30s, and lows in the low to mid 20s.

For Friday, yet another storm in this active pattern passes northwest of us through the Great Lakes. This will float another warm front our way, and allow snow to break out as warmer, moist air rides up and over the cold dome in place at the surface.

Snow should change to rain by the afternoon, but light to moderate accumulations are possible, especially in the mountainous terrain of Windham County. Highs remain in the 30s with lows in the 20s as any rain and snow quits Friday night.

As of now, the weekend looks partly sunny with highs in the upper 30s and lows in the 20s, but a sneaky snowstorm is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning, and again Monday night into Tuesday.

Winter is holding tough, so we just have to get through next week and then we begin to wade into spring. Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #453 (Wednesday, April 4, 2018). This story appeared on page A1.

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