Sunday, January 25th, 2009

 

Summary:  0.5” snow total in Waterbury (495’) as of 9:30 P.M. EST

 

Sunday, January 25th, 2009:  6:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT

 

New Snow: 0.4 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.02 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0

Snow Density:  5.0% H2O

Temperature:  12.7 F

Humidity:  69%

Dew Point:  1.5 F

Barometer:  30.27 in. Hg

Wind:  0-5 MPH

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  0.4 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.02 inches

Current snow at the stake:  17 inches

Season snowfall total:  115.2 inches

 

Today was a rather surprising weather day on a couple of fronts: temperature and precipitation.  Initially we were expecting a rather cold day, with highs perhaps not getting above zero in the mountains, and maybe single digits in the valleys.  E and Ty were somewhat lamenting the fact that they had to go off to Stowe for his school ski program, but they decided they’d go, and if it was too cold they’d just hang out and have some hot chocolate.  I was working in the house most of the morning, and I began to get suspicious about the cold when I looked at my outdoor thermometer and it read 22 F!  I was initially wondering if it was malfunctioning.  Dylan and I were heading off to the hardware and grocery stores at around 2:30 P.M. this afternoon, and I noticed that snow clouds were just starting to appear over the mountains above us.  However, as I drove a few miles east toward the center of Waterbury and away from the spine of the Greens, the sky brightened up and the sun was out, so I figured the snow clouds were probable a localized/temporary thing.  We got our stuff in the hardware store, took care of some bottle returns, and it was probably about 3:00 P.M. or so when we finally went into the grocery store.  I hadn’t even thought about the weather again at that point, as nothing was happening.  So I was pretty surprised when I came out of the grocery store around 4:00 P.M. and it was dumping moderate to heavy snow.  It seemed like it had come out of nowhere.  It didn’t last too long at that rate however, and back at the house we’d only picked up 0.4 inches by 6:00 P.M., but E said it that it had snowed the whole afternoon on the mountain at Stowe.  She suspected accumulations there by the time she left were probably a couple of inches, and while the resort hasn’t updated it’s snow report since 11:15 A.M. this morning, the report from the stake as of 5:33 P.M. indicated a couple of new inches:

 

533 PM EST SUN JAN 25 2009

STATION PRECIP TEMPERATURE PRESENT SNOW

24 HRS MAX MIN CUR WEATHER NEW TOTAL SWE

MOUNT MANSFIELD 0.18 0 -16 0 2.0 58

 

We’ve had on and off light snow here in the valley this evening, but there’s only an additional tenth of an inch of accumulation on the snowboard so far.

 

J.Spin

 

 

 

Scott already provided a Stowe update along with some of his weather thoughts for this week, but E and Ty were also up at Stowe today so I’ll pass on some additional information.  I believe they spent all their time over at Spruce, but it was certainly warmer than they’d expected.  When they arrived at around noon the temperature was 14 F, and light snow was falling.  E said the snow increased in intensity and fell all afternoon, and at times it came down fairly heavily.  She said it definitely freshened up the surfaces while they skied.  There was some wind around as well, although it didn’t sound like it was too bad where they were skiing on Spruce.  When they were leaving the mountain at around 4:30 P.M. the temperature was 10 F, and E said the new accumulation appeared to be a couple inches or so.

 

J.Spin

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Monday, January 26th, 2009

 

Waterbury event totals:  0.5” snow/0.02” L.E.

 

Monday, January 26th, 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:  -7.8 F

Humidity:  69%

Dew Point:  -19.0 F

Barometer:  30.47 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Clear

Storm snow total:  0.5 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.02 inches

Current snow at the stake:  17 inches

Season snowfall total:  115.3 inches

 

No additional snow fell at the house beyond the tenth of an inch from last night, but I figured I’d send out the conditions info along with my other observations and some accumulations from the higher elevations listed north to south:

 

Jay Peak: 0”

Smuggler’s: 2”

Stowe: 3”

Bolton: 2”

Mad River: 1”

Sugarbush: 0”

Killington: 0”

 

Also, since the sky is so crystal clear out there I guess this is the end of this event.  There is supposedly a weak upper air disturbance moving through the area this afternoon, although the NWS is suggesting just flurries so I don’t suspect there will be any accumulation for me to record with that one.  It sounds like the next accumulating snowfall event will be the more substantial midweek system.  The BTV NWS synopsis from this morning is below:

 

AN UPPER AIR DISTURBANCE WILL BRING A CHANCE OF FLURRIES TO THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON. A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE REGION TONIGHT AND WILL BE CENTERED OVER THE NORTH COUNTRY ON TUESDAY. A LOW PRESSURE AREA DEVELOPING OVER THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ON TUESDAY WILL MOVE NORTHEAST AND BE OFF THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND COAST BY MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY. THIS LOW PRESSURE AREA WILL BRING SOME SIGNIFICANT SNOW TO THE NORTH COUNTRY ON WEDNESDAY.

 

J.Spin