Thursday, January 27th, 2011

 

 

We just had a round of steady snow here in Burlington, with fairly large flakes at 1 cm in diameter.  It was nothing too serious with just a faint coating on some of the vehicles, but I took a look at the composite radar and there definitely seems to be a flow out of the northwest.  It’s settled back to flurries here now, but hopefully it gets the trend going for the next couple of days.  It will be nice if the mountains can wring out some snow as the moisture runs into them.

 

 

 

Event totals: 0.1” Snow/Trace L.E.

Thursday 1/27/2011 6:00 P.M. update:  It was snowing when I got home today, with a tenth of an inch of accumulation on the board.  For a while after we had fairly light, but steady snow falling, but it has since shut off, so we’ll see if the flow picks back up and leaves anything overnight.

 

Some details from the 6:00 P.M. observations are below:

New Snow: 0.1 inches
New Liquid: Trace
Temperature: 25.2 F
Sky: Light Snow (2-6 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 17.0 inches

 

 

Friday, January 28th, 2011

 

 

Event totals: 0.2” Snow/Trace L.E.

Friday 1/28/2011 6:00 A.M. update:  In the evening/overnight we picked up another round of the same snow that I found on the board at 6:00 P.M. yesterday.  I wasn’t sure if there would be a break point between the weak upper air disturbance that dropped that snow, and the impulses expected to come through this weekend, but the sky really cleared out and the precipitation shut off so that system can be broken out by itself as the 21st accumulating snowfall event of the season.  From what I can see in the BTV near term and short term discussions, after this morning’s shortwave, they seem to mention three additional shortwaves, the one today, another one tonight and Saturday, and then a third on Sunday.  There were enough of them that I decided to use a little color coding:

 

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

AS OF 410 AM EST FRIDAY...SATELLITE PICS AND SFC OBS INDICATING A LOT OF CLOUDS ACROSS FORECAST AREA...WITH JUST SOME BREAKS OVER SOUTHERN AND EASTERN VERMONT. ABUNDANT CLOUD COVER UPSTREAM AS WELL SO ITS SHAPING UP AS A MOSTLY CLOUDY OR CLOUDY DAY. MID LEVEL SHORTWAVE MOVING ACROSS NORTHERN PORTION OF THE AREA EARLY THIS MORNING WITH SOME FLURRIES. ANOTHER SHORTWAVE WILL TRACK SOUTH OF THE AREA TODAY...BRINGING A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS... WHICH SHOULD BE MOST NUMEROUS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE QUITE LIGHT. EXPECT GENERALLY AN INCH OR LESS...MAINLY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN. MAX TEMPERATURES WILL BE MAINLY IN THE 20S...CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR LATE JANUARY.

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.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY/...

AS OF 410 AM EST FRIDAY...LITTLE CHANGE IN THE OVERALL PATTERN THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER RATHER POTENT SHORTWAVE WILL TRACK SOUTH OF THE AREA LATER TONIGHT AND SATURDAY...WITH A WEAKER DISTURBANCE SLATED TO MOVE ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY ON SUNDAY... CLOSER TO BOUNDARY SEPARATING US FROM ARCTIC AIR POISED OVER QUEBEC/ONTARIO. THIS COLDER AIR MAY MAKE AN APPEARANCE EARLY NEXT WEEK. EXPECT MAINLY CLOUDY SKIES THROUGH THE WEEKEND WITH THE CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS. HIGHEST POPS INDICATED FOR OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY WITH SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SNOW SHOWERS EXPECTED. ACTIVITY SUNDAY MORE CONFINED TO NORTHERN PORTION OF THE FORECAST AREA WITH LESS COVERAGE. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH THE PERIOD SHOULD BE ON THE LIGHT SIDE. LOOKING AT AN INCH OR LESS IN THE VALLEYS...WHILE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN SEVERAL INCHES MAY ACCUMULATE. MAX TEMPS WILL REMAIN FAIRLY CLOSE TO NORMAL...WHILE MINS SHOULD BE A FEW DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL DUE CLOUD COVER.

 

BTV has continued their thoughts for possibly stronger accumulations in the higher terrain, so it will be fun to see what the Greens do with the available moisture and energy this weekend.  The forecast temperatures look pretty good for the slopes both Saturday and Sunday, with roughly 20 F at the 2,000’ elevation for highs.

 

Some details from the 6:00 A.M. observations are below:

New Snow: 0.1 inches
New Liquid: Trace
Temperature: 11.8 F
Sky: Mostly Clear
Snow at the stake: 17.0 inches