January 23rd, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Monday, January 23rd, 2012



Event totals: 0.1” Snow/Trace L.E.


There was a tenth of an inch of new snow on the snowboard this morning with light snow falling at observation time.  It looks like another tenth of an inch or so has fallen, but I’ll check on it later.


Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:


New Snow: 0.1 inches

New Liquid: Trace

Temperature: 25.1 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-4 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 10.0 inches



Tuesday, January 24th, 2012



I’ve seen flakes here in Waterbury since around 5:45 PM when I was getting home, but nothing consistent enough for any accumulation yet.  Temperatures have been around the freezing mark though, so there could be some accumulation if things got going.



Wednesday, January 25th, 2012



Event totals: 0.3” Snow/0.21” L.E.


We picked up an additional 0.2” of snow with last night’s activity, to bring this event to 0.3” of snow.  This system didn’t deliver a lot of liquid equivalent to this area, and it would have been nice to get more of it as snow, but it at least added another couple of tenths of an inch of water to the snowpack.


The next couple of systems definitely sound like they have the potential for more snow though.  In his morning forecast on The Point, Bob Minsenberger was going with snow to mix/rain for the system starting tomorrow night.  I couldn’t tell if that was a CPV-centric forecast though, because Roger Hill is currently going with almost all snow for Northern Vermont, with the possibility of a little sleet in there.  He said that he was expecting significant mixing down in Southern Vermont however, with the possibility of freezing rain.  He did caution that we’ll have to watch out for the potential for that to creep north.  In their forecast discussion, the BTV NWS is still waiting on the resolution of differences between the GFS and the ECMWF, but at this point said that they are going with sleet and snow.  Roger Hill also spoke about the Saturday through Monday system, and is expecting more accumulating snow showers with that one.  He mentioned it as an arctic frontal passage, although the NWS refers to it as a slow moving low pressure system passing to our north in their forecast discussion.


Roger also mentioned that BTV has only received 22.1” of snow so far this season, for 16th lowest in their records.  That means that along the spine on the Waterbury/Bolton line, we’ve received close to 3X the snowfall that Burlington has this season, which is a much larger disparity than usual (typically it seems to be more in the range of 1.5X to 2X).  Using my snowfall data from the past 6 seasons, the 61.0” of snowfall recorded thus far for 2011-2012 is 72.5% of average.


Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: Trace

Temperature: 32.0 F

Sky: Cloudy

Snow at the stake: 7.5 inches




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