I woke up this morning to find snow accumulating on grassy and elevated surfaces like this picnic table on our deck. It’s the first accumulation we’ve seen in the valley this season!
I woke up this morning to find snow on the grass and elevated surfaces at our house, most notably our picnic table out back on the deck. This was the first snow I’ve seen at our house this season, and although our weather forecast did suggest there was some potential for accumulation, you never quite know how it’s going to play out in marginal situations like this one.
In any event, the snow stuck even down here at 500’, so it should have easily accumulated in the higher elevations. I measured 0.6” on the boards at observations time, and it did look like it could have melted some since the point at which most of it fell.
This is about a week on the late side for average occurrence of first frozen precipitation here at our house, but just a day off for the average date of first accumulating snow, so it’s very typical in that regard.
Details from the 6:00 A.M.
New Snow: 0.6 inches
New Liquid: 0.09 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 6.7
Snow Density: 15.0% H2O
Temperature: 34.0 F
Sky: Light Rain/Snow (1-2 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 0.5 inches
A look at the local Burlington weather radar from today showing the classic upslope signature of moisture streaming into the Green Mountains from the northwest and snow/mixed precipitation along the peaks.
Although we did have
some reports of frozen precipitation around the area back in the beginning of the month, the bombing cyclone that’s moved through over the past couple of days has brought the first real snows of the season to the New England . As the system moved by yesterday, Green Mountains the summit areas of Killington picked up an inch or two of snow. There wasn’t much going on with respect to snowfall in the northern part of at that point, but snow levels finally dropped overnight and we started to see accumulations in the higher elevations around here. Although I wasn’t out in the mountains today, the view from my office in Vermont showed that classic look of Burlington precipitation along the spine of the upslope . A quick check on the local radar showed that classic signature of moisture streaming into the Northern Greens spine of the Greens, with snow and mixed precipitation along the peaks. sent in pictures to Powderfreak the Northern New England thread at the American Weather Forums, revealing snow accumulations down to roughly 2,400’ at the Gondola, and a couple of inches of accumulation at the top of the Fourrunner Quad. At the end of the day, passed along one more photo that showed accumulating snow levels at around 2,300’ at the Powderfreak , and commented on how snow levels were somewhat lower on that part of the mountain below Gondola . The Chin Winter’s first salvo of snow is now in the books, and we may see a bit more near the end of the month based on what the weather models are showing for that period.
Camel’s Hump showing signs of the first snow of the season for the Green Mountain of Vermont
While the first half of October was fairly warm, the weather models have been suggesting a shift to more seasonal temperatures as we hit mid-month. The potential for some mountain snow was in the forecast last night, and indeed as of yesterday afternoon
snow was already being reported at Whiteface Mountain across the lake with video of the flakes. Here on our side of the lake, we heard from Powderfreak early this morning that snow had been sighted in the mountains around , and he was heading up for some investigation. An hour or two later, Stowe he had send along pictures, and indicated that accumulations on Mt. Mansfield were about a half inch and started at an elevation of roughly 2,300 feet.
“…it looks like we’ll have more opportunities for snow this week with accumulations potentially even down to the mountain valleys.”
Here at our house, I did a morning check to find that the cloud ceiling was still only about 2,000 feet and there were no obvious signs of snow below that level. I gave the clouds some time to think about clearing a bit, and then headed out in the neighborhood during the mid-afternoon period to see what snow might be visible. Indeed the cloud ceiling had risen by about another 2,000’ and I was able to catch
as the clouds had just about broken away. The snow line at that point looked to be around 3,000’. Camel’s Hump
The first snows of the 2018-2019 winter season are in the books here in the
Greens, and the says National Weather Service Office in Burlington it looks like we’ll have more opportunities for snow this week with accumulations potentially even down to the mountain valleys. We’ll see what transpires as even colder air moves in, so stayed tuned for more October snow updates!
As clouds begin to lift, an image from the web cam at Stowe Mountain Resort reveals a fresh October snowfall from last night.
It looks like
the temperature on the Mt. Mansfield ridgeline stayed at or below freezing from midnight onward last night, and with 0.29” of new liquid found in our rain gauge at the house this morning, there was clearly some precipitation to go with those sub-freezing temperatures. The web cam images from Mt. Mansfield this morning show snow on the trails at Stowe above the 3,000’ level, and reports from the mountain indicate that there were a few inches of accumulation, so this is likely the first accumulating snow of the season for Vermont. Over in New Hampshire, new snow is visible on the Wildcat summit at ~4,000’, and the vertical temperature profile on Mt. Washington shows that temperatures really fell of quickly above that elevation and they picked up 3.6” of snow as of this morning. As the clouds pull away in Northern New England today, I’d expect to see some white-capped peaks to go with our foliage.
Afternoon Update: Numerous pictures of the fresh snow on the peaks throughout the
Northeast are available in a new thread at AlpineZone, and the guys at FIS have already gone up and done some skiing on the snow on Mt. Mansfield this morning. In addition, Powderfreak measured 4” of new snow while he was working up at the Cliff House on Mt. Mansfield today, and sent in several nice pictures of the snow and foliage in a post in the Northern New England thread at American Weather.
Vermont’s first accumulating snowfall of the 2012-2013 winter season