Scattered snow squalls, then Arctic blast

Fair weather follows for Christmas week

Hello and good day to you, residents of the peaceful and picturesque windy hamlets of southeastern Vermont! We've got some brutally cold air on the way to southern Vermont, but the good news is that our active pattern appears to be relenting into the holidays.

For Wednesday, however, an upper level low will bring scattered snow showers and snow squalls ahead of an Arctic front. This front will bring gusty winds and wind chill readings well below zero late Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Fair and cold weather is expected Thursday and Friday. The weekend looks a bit milder and more seasonable with a few rain or snow showers possible Sunday. Early next week into Christmas day, for now, looks fairly quiet with seasonable temps in the 30s.

With our weekly weather picture painted, let's look at each day in turn.

For Wednesday, expect partly sunny skies during the first half of the day with highs in the mid to upper 20s. Clouds will build during the afternoon as a strong upper level low dives southeast into Vermont.

This will bring scattered snow showers, and even a few strong snow squalls capable of dropping a coating to an inch in under 30 minutes with gusty winds and very low visibility.

Keep an eye to the northwestern sky! The Arctic front will then usher in the coldest air of the new season, with northwest winds gusting 30-40 mph at times, and temps dropping into the single digits below and above zero.

With the wind, wind chill readings will drop to 10 to 20 degrees below zero by early Thursday morning, so bundle up!

For Thursday, northwest winds will be gusting 30-40mph during the first half of the day. We can expect mostly sunny skies, but highs will only be in the low to mid teens with wind chill readings near 0 degrees. Lows will drop into the low single digits as the wind relents under mostly clear skies.

For Friday, winds will be calmer under mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper teens and lows in the single digits.

Dry weather continues into and through much of the weekend, which is good news. However, the weekend does look to feature more clouds than sunshine with highs on Saturday reaching the mid to upper 20s. Lows will dip into the mid to upper teens.

For Sunday, a few rain or snow showers are possible with a weak disturbance passing through, but generally speaking, mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the low to mid 30s. Lows will drop to either side of 20 degrees.

Early next week looks partly to mostly sunny with more seasonable highs in the low to mid 30s and lows in the low 20s. Christmas is looking dry at the moment. Have a great week!

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