Friday, December 10th, 2010



I was driving into Morrisville for a Christmas concert in the 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. range this evening, and didn’t see anything in terms of precipitation except a couple of stray flakes in the Jonesville area.  However, when I came out of the concert around 7:00 P.M., I was greeted by steady light snow falling.  The flakes were small, just a couple mm or so as others have mentioned, but it was definitely accumulating.  Driving back to Waterbury, the snow tapered off a bit along the Morrisville/Stowe line, and then there was a nice resurgence through the center of Stowe before it tapered off altogether when I crossed the Stowe/Waterbury line.  There was essentially nothing falling in Waterbury, until it started building as I approached the house and we were getting at least some light stuff.  Small flakes continued at the house, and by about 10:30 P.M. we’d picked up probably a half inch on the board.  I was heading off to bed around 11:00 P.M., and decided to take one last look outside… I’m glad I did, because huge 1-inch flakes were pouring down.  For some strange reason that gave me the urge to stay up a little longer to check the radar and grab a quick measurement off the snowboard.  The accumulation had jumped to just shy of 1.3 inches, and it seems like we were on the edge of some of those 30 db echoes that started to appear to the east of Burlington:



The flakes have come back down in size now, but as of ~11:30 P.M. the accumulation on the board is 1.9 inches.  The local mountains usually do at least as well as down here, so perhaps we’ll have another coating to freshen up the slopes for tomorrow.  The back end of the precipitation is approaching, so we probably won’t get too much more from this impulse, although there is some signal building in what looks like another small wave along the New York State/Quebec border.



Saturday, December 11th, 2010




Event totals: 1.9” Snow/0.08” L.E.


Saturday 12/11/2010 12:00 A.M. update:  Well I was up, so the midnight analysis is below.  Some graupel balls fell in the mix, and the accumulation didn’t get any higher than 1.9”, but there’s still light snow falling so we’ll see if anything else of note comes down tonight.  The big punch here seemed to be near the back end of the main push of moisture, so maybe you guys off to the east will get into some of it as well.  Details from the midnight update are below:


New Snow:  1.9 inches

New Liquid:  0.08 inches

Snow/Water Ratio:  23.8

Snow Density:  4.2%

Temperature:  19.4 F

Sky:  Light snow (1-4 mm flakes with a few graupel balls)

Snow at the stake:  8.0 inches


powderfreak, on 11 December 2010 - 07:57 AM, said:

Somewhere between 1-2" of new snow overnight... it was enough for them to plow our parking lot again. and dust up the trees and cars with a fresh blanket. The evergreens look fantastic with large clumps of powder snow clinging to areas of them and a fresh coat of white covering up the visible green. Ski Resort is reporting 2-4" overnight up the road.


Thanks for the update Scott, that’s the number I said I was expecting to hear when I told my wife about the two inches of snow here last night, Bolton Valley’s report has 2-3” for them.  Bolton Valley is dropping the ropes on 8 more trails today; I was up for a few turns yesterday and suspected that they would have more to open.


Just another tenth of an inch here and a trace of liquid to add to the event total, numbers below:


Event totals: 2.0” Snow/0.08” L.E.


Saturday 12/11/2010 6:00 A.M. update: 


New Snow:  0.1 inches

New Liquid:  Trace

Temperature:  24.1 F

Sky:  Cloudy

Snow at the stake:  7.0 inches