Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KBTV 160909

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Burlington VT
409 AM EST Tue Jan 16 2018

A low pressure system will bring light to moderate snow, warmer
temperatures, and increased clouds to the North Country today through
Wednesday. Once the system departs, a noticeable warming trend
will kick off going into the weekend. There will be chances for
some light precipitation during this timeframe as some weak
upper disturbances move through.


As of 408 AM EST Tuesday...Have issued a winter weather
advisory for Rutland,Windsor and Orange counties of Vermont from
noon today through 1 PM on Wednesday.

Light warm air advection snow is spreading northeastward into
New England in advance of a weakening low over southern
Ontario/Lake Huron. Satellite imagery shows mid to upper level
clouds have spread over the entire forecast area ahead of the
system, preventing additional radiational cooling overnight.
Temperatures throughout the forecast area are climbing in the
overnight hours in response to warm air advection and the
insulating cloud cover. The light snow will continue through the
mid morning hours today before tapering off through the early
afternoon as the better forcing aloft moves out of the area. By
mid to late afternoon, a second wave of snow will begin as
heights fall aloft ahead of a shearing upper level trough. This
second wave of snow will have better support in the low to mid
levels provided by a developing coastal low that will track
inside of the 40N 70W benchmark Wednesday. Southern and eastern
Vermont will see some influx of Atlantic moisture as
southwesterly flow briefly takes on more of a
southerly/southeasterly component ahead of the approaching low.

Overall, expect to receive generally 3 to 5 inches of snowfall
out of the system tonight through Wednesday in southern and
eastern Vermont.  Northern New York and northern Vermont will
pick up lighter amounts (generally up to 3 inches) as the best
moisture transport and lift associated with the surface cyclone
will stay further south and east.

As the surface low tracks further northeast up the New England
coast, flow will quickly switch back to westerly and the snow
will end by Wednesday evening.


As of 408 AM EST Tuesday...The short-term period will be
relatively quiet across the North Country. As surface low
pressure exits across the Bay of Fundy/New Brunswick Wednesday
night, a narrow ridge of high pressure is expected to build ewd
across central NY into VT. Will see any lingering snow
showers/flurries ending across ern VT early Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, developing WSW sfc-850mb flow on the nrn periphery of
the sfc ridge may be sufficient to generate a few lake
effect/upslope snow showers into srn St. Lawrence County and
into the nrn Adirondacks later Wednesday night into Thursday,
consistent with most of the very high resolution NWP guidance.
Thereafter, another weak northern stream shortwave trough with
limited moisture will track from the northern Great Lakes
quickly ewd across NY/Northern New England during Thursday
night. This will bring continued chances for snow showers,
mainly across the nrn Adirondacks and nrn Green Mtns. Maximum
PoPs during the period are around 40 percent, and any snowfall
accumulation from above mentioned factors will be
minimal...generally a coating to an inch in spots. Will begin to
see a gradual moderation in temperatures, starting with lows
8-15F Wednesday night, followed by highs in the 23-27F range for
Thursday, and into the upr teens to lower 20s for lows Thursday


As of 408 AM EST Tuesday...The 00Z NWP guidance suite continues
with the overall theme of a moderating temperature trend
through the forecast period, with building mid-level heights
across the ern seaboard. A developing mid- level closed low
across the central Plains and associated surface frontal system
will begin to develop during the day Sunday. Based on current
indications, it appears temperatures will moderate into the mid
40s for Saturday/Sunday/Monday. Sfc warm frontal structure in
vcnty of the region may result in scattered rain showers or a
chance of mixed sleet/freezing rain across sheltered valleys of
ern VT during the day Sunday, followed by better surge of south
winds and emergence into the warm sector as sfc low is expected
to pass across the Great Lakes and through sern Ontario late
Sunday night into Monday. Should see a period of moderate
rainfall as trailing cold front sweeps across the region later
Monday into Monday night. Both the 00Z GFS and ECMWF are
consistent in overall scenario. Given presence of lingering ice
jams in spots, may see renewed hydro concerns heading into early
next week, though temperatures are not expected to get as warm
and rainfall amts are not expected to be as heavy as what
occurred on Friday 1/12. We`ll continue to monitor trends with
the expected warmup and potential moderate precipitation for


Through 06Z Wednesday...Starting out the TAF period with
deteriorating VFR conditions as high to mid clouds begin to
thicken in advance of advancing system. Snow associated with
this system will spread from west to east over the next few
hours, bringing widespread MVFR/IFR ceilings and visibilities by
09Z. First wave of snow will taper off between 11Z and 14Z,
with conditions temporarily improving to high MVFR/low VFR
throughout all TAF sites during this time. Next wave of heavier
snow will start at RUT around 20Z, then spread to MPV/BTV/PBG
between 00Z and 02Z.


Wednesday: Mainly MVFR, with areas VFR possible. Chance SN.
Wednesday Night: VFR. Slight chance SHSN.
Thursday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Slight chance
Thursday Night: Mainly MVFR, with areas VFR possible. Chance
Friday: Mainly MVFR, with local VFR possible. Slight chance SHSN.
Friday Night: MVFR/IFR conditions possible. Slight chance SHSN.
Saturday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight chance
SHRA, Slight chance SHSN.


VT...Winter Weather Advisory from noon today to 1 PM EST Wednesday
     for VTZ010>012-019.


SHORT TERM...Banacos
LONG TERM...Banacos
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