Monday, January 7, 2019
This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 5 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-5 mph. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint -1, barometric pressure 30.54” and rising. We picked up 0.40” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 4” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 4.
High pressure will keep us dry today, but clouds will increase in advance of the next system approaching from the Great Lakes which will usher in an extended period of active weather. Tonight, a warm front will lift through the region bringing warming temperatures and 1″-3″ of light snow through Tuesday morning. Snow may mix with rain in the Champlain Valley. We’ll see a brief break in the precipitation Tuesday afternoon before snow returns Tuesday night into Wednesday as a shortwave trough moves through the region. We could see several inches of new snow from this system, though temperatures will be a bit on the cusp. As usual, expect more snow in mountain locations where orographic lifting will keep precipitation snowy. A cooling trend starts Wednesday, with well below normal temperatures expected by the end of the week.
We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to increasing clouds this afternoon. Highs will be near 20 with north winds 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Tonight snow is likely after 10:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a temperatures rising to around 25 daybreak. Winds will be out of the south at 6 to 11 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight and gusting to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulation of around 1″-2″ possible.
Tuesday should bring a 50% chance of snow, possibly mixing with rain in the Champlain Valley. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 36 and breezy south winds 17 to 22 mph gusting to 36 mph, then decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is expected. Tuesday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 32 with south winds 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible.
Wednesday snow is likely. Highs will be near 33 with northwest winds 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of 2″ to 4″ possible. Wednesday night snow is likely before 7:00pm, diminishing to snow showers late. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 21 and northwest winds 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with only minor accumulations expected.
Last year on this date we had a high of 14 and a low of -24 (!!!) We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 14.5″ at the stake.
Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 in 2018 (we had the aforementioned low of -24).
The record high was 54 in 1946.
Length of day: 9:01:48
Today will be 1:13 longer than yesterday.
The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.2 days old with 1.5% illumination.
About Today’s Photo:
This pretty set of ice falls caught my eye while walking the trail of the Ruth & Warren Beeken Riverfront Reserve in Richmond the other day. The mossy bank is steep here, rising up to Cochran Road from the flood plain, and a series of spring seeps sets the stage for a fine set of icefall “steps” contrasting nicely with the moss.
Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60″ exposure.