Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

 

Summary:  1.1” snow total in Waterbury (495’) as of 6:00 A.M. EST

 

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009:  6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT

 

New Snow: 1.1 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 110.0

Snow Density:  0.9% H2O

Temperature:  17.6 F

Humidity:  85%

Dew Point:  12.2 F

Barometer:  29.83 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Flurries

Storm snow total:  1.1 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.01 inches

Current snow at the stake:  18 inches

Season snowfall total:  113.5 inches

 

I was up at around 1:00 A.M. this morning and noted that we were receiving light snow/flurries falling lazily down, with a touch of accumulation on the snowboard.  This morning the flakes had piled up to 1.1 inches as of 6:00 A.M., and for what ratios are worth with these small events, this is actually the highest I’ve seen this season.  Flurries and light snow continued to fall as I headed east a few miles into the center of town, where accumulation appeared to be roughly the same as what we’d picked up.  I saw two plows out working the roads during my short drive, although I suspect they might have been treating the roads more than plowing.  We've even got some light snow in Burlington this morning, although as I look toward the mountains, I can't see them but the snowfall looks more substantial than it does here.

 

J.Spin

 

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It does look like something is going on out there, as the early morning Bolton Valley report I received in my email indicated 2 inches up top, and as of 11:50 A.M. they’re up to 4 inches of accumulation.  In the latest BTV NWS discussion, it looks like they are watching things as well:

 

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...

-- Changed Discussion --AS OF 1106 AM EST THURSDAY...SNOW SHOWERS HAVE BEEN PERSISTENT ACROSS NORTHERN NEW YORK AND NORTHERN VERMONT THIS MORNING AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS AFTERNOON...AS WARM AIR ADVECTION ALOFT CONTINUES ACROSS THE REGION. HAVE RAISED THE POPS TO LIKELY FOR THE REMAINDER OF TODAY ACROSS THESE AREAS...AND WILL MENTION SOME ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN THE ZONE FORECASTS.

-- End Changed Discussion --

 

Here’s what I’ve seen for midday accumulations reports from the local ski areas that made them:

 

Stowe:  5 inches (11:15 A.M.)

Bolton:  4 inches (11:50 A.M.)

 

In the Stowe report at 11:15 A.M. they indicated that it was snowing steadily there, and based on the radar (below), I suspect I’ll find some additional fluff on the snowboard back in Waterbury this evening.

 

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Summary:  1.4” snow total in Waterbury (495’) as of 7:00 P.M. EST

 

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009:  7:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT

 

New Snow: 0.3 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 30.0

Snow Density:  3.3% H2O

Temperature:  28.6 F

Humidity:  79%

Dew Point:  21.0 F

Barometer:  29.94 in. Hg

Wind:  ~5 MPH

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  1.4 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.02 inches

Current snow at the stake:  18 inches

Season snowfall total:  113.8 inches

 

Based on what I’d seen on the radar and the accumulations that some of the local ski areas have been reporting, I was surprised at how little snow had fallen in the mountain valleys when I drove through them this evening, but apparently not much of the precipitation was making it to the lower elevations.  I think that most of the snow that has accumulated down here at this point has fallen in the evening hours.  The snow I found on the snowboard this evening certainly wasn’t as fluffy as what was on it this morning – a portion of the flakes were more granular in nature with this round of snowfall.

 

J.Spin

 

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

 

Waterbury event totals:  1.5” snow/0.02” L.E.

 

Friday, January 23rd, 2009:  6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT

 

New Snow: 0.1 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  N.D.

Snow/Water Ratio: N.D.

Snow Density:  N.D.

Temperature:  23.5 F

Humidity:  82%

Dew Point:  17.0 F

Barometer:  30.09 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Cloudy

Storm snow total:  1.5 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.02 inches

Current snow at the stake:  18 inches

Season snowfall total:  113.9 inches

 

There was just a touch of additional snow overnight in our area, bringing our event total to 1.5 inches in the valley.  The Vermont mountains to the north, including Burke which is off the main spine of the Green Mountains, seemed to receive a decent shot of snow with this event.  I’ve listed some event totals (reported 48-hr snow totals) generally from north to south below:

 

Jay Peak: 12”

Burke: 6”

Smuggler’s: 4”

Stowe: 11”

Bolton: 8”

Mad River: 0”

Sugarbush: 1”

Killington: 1”

 

This was certainly an event focused north of the I-89/Rt 2 corridor as yesterday’s radar suggested, with just a couple of resorts south of that line reporting new accumulations in the past 48 hours, and nobody in Vermont south of Killington reporting any new snow during that period.  Our next event looks to take place today/tonight/tomorrow, with the NWS calling for perhaps a couple of inches in the Northern Vermont valleys and up to 4 inches for the higher elevations in the area.

 

J.Spin