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By Jay Cordeira, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 23, 2024

Rain and snow

Summary

Elevation dependent snows fell across New England on Thursday night and lingered into Friday. Temperatures will nose dive with scattered upslope snow showers on Friday night into Saturday. Warmer (and wetter) weather is anticipated next week.

Short Term Forecast

A very weak area of low pressure with broad upper-level support provided a mix of rain and snow cross over New England on Thursday night. Precipitation type was strongly elevation dependent with rain in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut Valley, and snow across the Berkshires, Greens, and Whites above ~1500 feet. 

Radar animation ending at 9:45PM last night. 

The consensus from the models is that 1-2" of snow is possible at elevation as snow lingers into Friday. Some freezing rain may even be possible at mid-elevations as warm air tries to move in aloft over the region late on Friday morning into Friday evening. 

The region of low pressure will pull away from New England late on Friday and cold air will bring scattered upslope snow showers to the North Country on Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures will nose dive into the single digits with negative wind chills expected for most of the day on Saturday.

HRRR model forecast windchill temperatures for 1PM Friday through 1PM Saturday. 

It is worth pointing out that a few of our high-resolution models are producing ~0.15-0.25" of liquid equivalent in the form of snow with the upslope snow showers/squalls across northern Vermont on Friday night. With ratios >12:1 to 15:1 at Jay, that amount of liquid could produce a 2-4" of snow (or more).

 

OpenSnow experimental snow quality forecast at Jay Peak. 

Extended Forecast

The forecast for next week is still looking pretty warm and wet with a storm track to our West. The storm in question moves from Colorado on Tuesday morning and through the Great Lakes region on Tuesday night bringing strong southwesterly winds and potentially a 1-2-inch dose of rain early on Wednesday. 

ECMWF model forecast animation for 7AM Tuesday through 1PM Wednesday. 

Temperatures look like they will go above freezing across most resorts in New England for ~48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Dewpoint temperatures will also likely increase above 32F for several hours from about 7PM on Tuesday evening through about 4PM on Wednesday afternoon.

With the rain, warm temperatures, and elevated dewpoint temperatures, we will have to watch for rain-on-snow, fog, and wind to potentially ablate some of the snowpack. The worse part might be a flash freeze that could occur on the backside turning trails into some hard pack or ice. 

I'll end this post by saying there is still a lot of uncertainty in the overall evolution of the flow over the U.S. through the middle of next week. The culprit is a cut-off storm over the Northeast Pacific that is taking its time re-entering the mid-latitude flow and entering the western U.S. Once this storm starts moving, we'll have a much better idea of what will happen downstream over the next week. 

Thanks for reading! Look for the next update over the weekend. 

-Dr. Jay

Note: I am traveling on the West Coast through March 5th. I will attempt to have each DailySnow posted no later than 9AM EST.

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