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Cold and fair through Saturday, but a wintry mix for Sunday

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Good day to you, hearty and heart-full New Englanders! After our light to moderate snowfall this past weekend, we have entered a fair, but cold, wintry pattern as a large trough slowly passes west to east through southeastern Canada.

This has allowed unseasonably cold temperatures to visit our hills and dales, and this will last through Friday and begin to ease on Saturday. Aside from some scattered snow showers Wednesday afternoon and evening, we are essentially cold and dry through Saturday.

Thereafter, a strong low pressure system will be taking shape in the central U.S. and should track northeast through the Great Lakes. With enough remnant cold air in place, Windham County should see a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain break out across the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.

There is a chance it could change to plain rain by Monday, but it is suffice to say that Sunday and Monday look rather inclement, with a milder reprieve by Tuesday. That’s the synopsis, so let’s jump into the daily details!

For Wednesday, a cold front continues to depart to our east and another disturbance will work in from New York state, with the lake effect snow machine switch flipped to the on position.

Highs will reach only the upper teens under partly to mostly sunny skies, with west winds gusting to 20 mph at times, making it feel colder.

By late afternoon or evening, a few scattered snow showers will be possible and a coating of snow can’t be ruled out. Lows will be in the single digits as winds slacken — a very cold night, indeed.

For Thursday, high pressure builds through the region, and we’ll enjoy mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 20s and lows in the upper single digits to low teens.

For Friday, we get into more of a southwesterly flow which will bring milder temperatures to southeastern Vermont. Mostly sunny skies will rule once again with high temps in the upper 20s to low 30s and lows near 20 degrees.

For Saturday, even milder air pushes into the region with highs in the low to mid 30s under mostly sunny skies with lows in the upper teens, and continued dry conditions.

For Sunday into Monday, inclement weather revisits Windham County. Low pressure should track well to our northwest and, depending on the exact time of its arrival, should produce mixed precipitation across the region that may last into Sunday night. Highs will be in the mid 30s and lows in the 20s.

By Monday, we should change to plain rain and, by Tuesday, we could see temps reach the 40s! Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #500 (Wednesday, March 6, 2019). This story appeared on page D4.

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