Interesting Weather Ahead!
2016-02-20 15:12:38.000 – Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
So far this month of February has made a return to near normal temperatures after a few very mild past months, but unfortunately our snow cover on the summit remains very thin for this time of year. Record cold one week ago was countered by near-record warmth to start the month, with an ice storm on the 16th also forming plenty of glaze over what little snow was left on the ground.
But things are beginning to turn around! A storm system tracking through Southern Canada today brought 4.3” of snow to the summits since yesterday evening, with more currently falling as of this writing. Snow showers will continue overnight and into early tomorrow morning, with 1-3 inches of additional snow expected. Cold air will settle over northern New England through early next week, ahead of a significant storm system developing over the south-central U.S by Tuesday.
With the current projected track of the system to be west of New Hampshire, snow initially late Wednesday would eventually change to a wintry mix and even rain by early Thursday, with temperatures potentially soaring to near record levels. Heavy rain looks likely at this time Thursday across nearly all of New England, with flooding possible especially if any ice jams form in area rivers due to the rapid melt out. As the powerful storm tracks into southeast Canada temperatures will take a nosedive, with precipitation quickly changing back to snow and several additional inches of accumulations possible in the mountains heading into early Friday. If the track of the storm nudges further east in the next few days less warm air would be pulled into our region, resulting in much more in the way of snow. Here’s to hoping for that scenario!
Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist