Friday, April 13, 2018
This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 43 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.35” of rain in the past 24hrs, and we’re down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 40.
SOS: Coltsfoot blooming at the top of our driveway!
Herp Alert! With warmer temperatures and damp, rainy nights, amphibians (frogs and salamanders) will be on the move to their breeding grounds in wetlands. Please take extra care when driving at night near wetlands. If you see an amphibian, give it a chance to cross the road (or better yet, help it along). Areas to be careful here in Huntington include: Gillette Pond Road, Hinesburg Hollow Road, upper Delfrate Road, Taft Road.
There is a Winter Weather Advisory (yup…) in effect for our region from 8:00AM Saturday until 8:00PM Sunday.
We’ve got a complicated and pretty messy weather situation ahead of us for the next few days. After a brief break of dry weather this morning, a waffling frontal zone draped along the international border will be the focus of a battle between cold Canadian high pressure to the north and warm, moisture laden low pressure moving in from the southwest. This sets the stage for an extended period of precipitation from this evening into early next week. Rain tonight will transition to mixed precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain from north to south on Saturday and continue through Sunday before changing back to rain Sunday night. We could see a bit of accumulation of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice through Sunday morning. It’s hard to peg actual amounts as just a bit of extra wiggle to the frontal boundary will make for big differences in precipitation types and amounts. Warmer air should win out by Sunday night into Monday as deep low pressure approaching from the Ohio River valley brings locally heavy rain Monday. A cold front will transition precipitation back to a rain/snow mix Monday night through Tuesday. Like I said, complex and messy. It should be in interesting ride. Buckle up!
We’ll see cloudy skies today with occasional rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 50F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should bring periods of rain. Lows will be around 32F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around 0.50″.
Saturday should bring periods of mixed winter precipitation. Highs will be around 35F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow, sleet, and ice expected. Saturday night should bring snow in the evening with lingering snow showers overnight. Lows will be around 25F with NE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″.
Sunday should bring periods of mixed winter precipitation. Highs will be around 30F with east winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow and ice accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Sunday night should bring plain rain with pockets of freezing rain in the cold pockets. Lows will be around 28F with ESE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 32.
Burlington averages for this date are a high of 54 and lows of 34.
The record high was 84°F in 1945.
The record low was 16°F in 1914.
Length of Visible Light: 14h 21m
Length of Day: 13h 21m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds longer
The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.7 days old with 9% illumination.
About Today’s Photo:
Coltsfoot is one of the very first wildflowers to bloom here in the spring. This hardy relative of dandelions prefers disturbed soils, and you’ll often find it along roadways and stream banks. It’s a welcome harbinger of spring!