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A sunny weekend, but early winter cold, possible snow coming next week

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, citizens of southeastern Vermont! After excessive rainfall in recent weeks, we’ve got two pairs of sunny days upcoming through the next seven days, with a rainy Friday sandwiched in the middle.

By early next week, the coldest air of autumn comes rushing into southern Vermont, and the potential for at least light accumulating snow exists by the middle of next week when a wintry system could visit our hills and dales. Having said that, let’s jump into the details!

For Wednesday, high pressure begins to move east toward our region, which will promote partly to mostly sunny skies and westerly wind gusts up to 30 mph or so during the day. Expect highs to be in the mid 40s to low 50s, and lows to drop down into the low to mid 30s as winds slacken with time.

For Thursday, high pressure will continue to crest overhead, destined ultimately for the western Atlantic Ocean. This will give us yet another sunny day with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s as cooler air works into the region.

Skies will begin to cloud up late Thursday night in advance of our next storm system that will pass to our west on Friday and Friday night. Lows Thursday night will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s.

For Friday, skies will become overcast, and rain will develop by Friday around noon or so and last into the evening. Rain will be heavy at times, with highs in the low 40s, and a few thunderstorms are possible with small hail.

Low temps will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s, and if precipitation lingers for long enough, rain showers could change to snow showers during the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning.

Any morning clouds or snow showers quickly dissipate Saturday morning and we will end up with a partly to mostly sunny day with westerly winds gusting 20-30 mph again as fresh cold air advects into southern Vermont. Highs will reach only the upper 30s, with lows in the mid 20s under clear skies.

For Sunday, we will see more sunshine with high pressure building through the region. Highs will crest into the low to mid 30s, with lows in the mid 20s.

We’re dry early next week, but will have to watch for the possibility of accumulating snowfall in southern Vermont by midweek. I will update The Commons’ Facebook page should a genuine snowstorm materialize. Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #484 (Wednesday, November 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B4.

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