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Nor’easter brings weekend rain, snow, wind

Unseasonable cold continues through month’s end

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 30,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Good day to you, hearty southern Vermonters! Our comparative cold snap continues through the end of the month. Fortunately, it looks like November will moderate in the Department of Reasonable November Temperatures, so we’re not just being hurled from summer into winter!

As for our sensible weather, we’ll start this Wednesday morning with leftover rain or snow showers before clearing out for Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening. Expect cold temperatures during this period!

Our coastal storm will be impacting us Saturday and Sunday, before relenting on Monday, despite some upslope rain and snow showers on west-facing slopes. Cool weather will continue into next week. With that synopsis, let’s jump into the daily details!

For Wednesday, low pressure that developed in the Gulf of Maine on Tuesday afternoon and evening could throw back some snow showers into southern Vermont before departing.

So, if you see some rain drops or snow flakes in the morning, just know they will be leaving the shores of the Connecticut River by noon.

Gusty northwest winds will reach speeds of over 30 mph at times, which will produce a brisk day. Highs should be in the low to mid 40s with partly sunny skies developing. Lows will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s.

For Thursday and Friday, high pressure will advance east into the region, bringing with it mostly sunny skies and cold temperatures for this time of year.

Highs will be in the upper 30s to low 40s on Thursday, with highs in the low to mid 40s on Friday. Lows will be in the 20s both nights, with the coldest morning being Friday morning. Clouds will increase Friday night.

For Saturday, if precipitation can get advected into the region fast enough during the morning, a period of snow could break out across southern Vermont, and especially over the hills and mountains. Some light accumulations are possible.

We should see a change to rain as the day wears on, and east-northeasterly wind gusts could reach speeds of 30 to 50 mph in spots as the storm cranks up and passes off the southeast Massachusetts coastline.

There is still some uncertainty as to storm specifics, but that’s how it looks a few days out. Highs will be in the low 40s, with lows near freezing. Any rain could change back to snow into Sunday morning as well.

For Sunday, an upper level system swings through with more rain showers and highs in the 40s, and for Monday some upslope rain and snow showers could form from incoming westerlies and remnant moisture. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s both days.

Tuesday should see clearing with cool conditions. Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #482 (Wednesday, October 24, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.

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