Wintry Weather Ahead!

2015-12-17 19:55:17.000 – Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist


After a very warm and mild start to the winter season so far across the higher elevations of New England, we’re all anxious for more in the way of snow, cold, and the high winds that make Mount Washington famous. The summit has been seeing rain and freezing rain today as temperatures hover near the freezing mark, which is roughly 15 degrees above average for mid-December. Behind this system much colder air will move in to northern New England.

Beginning Saturday, temperatures will struggle to rise out of the single digits, with persistent upslope snow showers as an upper level low pressure moves north of the area. Lake effect snow bands over lakes Erie and Ontario will also potentially enhance some of the snow shower activity across the Green and White Mountains over the weekend, leading to the possibility of snow squalls. On top of this, winds will be frequently gusting over hurricane force late Saturday and Sunday, with wind chills bottoming out around 40 below. Please be sure to dress appropriately for these conditions if heading above tree line over the weekend, and check out the current summit conditions page to see what the latest conditions are. Safe to say that more December-like weather will be occurring over the weekend on Mount Washington, and we’re all looking forward to observing the weather that makes this mountain famous!


Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist

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