Tough travel expected Thursday morning

Tough travel expected Thursday morning

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A powerful double barrel low pressure system is heading our way Wednesday afternoon, but unfortunately there isn’t enough cold air in place, so we’ve got some mixing to deal with at lower elevations.

Valley rain and mountain snow will pick up in intensity as we head past sunset Wednesday, but the rain quickly transitions to snow as temperatures cool in the lower 30’s overnight.

By Thursday’s morning commute all elevations are seeing heavy bands of snow with rates of an inch per hour passing through, leading to difficult travel.

As temperatures warm during the day Thursday, the valleys below 1000 ft will flip back over to plain rain, while areas above 1000 ft continue to snow.

This will lead to a big gradient in snowfall totals across the area, with many of the highest mountain peaks finding over a foot, in some cases nearing two feet. On the other hand the valleys below 1000 ft cash in on a very slopy 2-4″

On top of the snow, strong down sloping winds will increase the threat for power outages along the western slopes of the Green Mountains.

Easterly winds could scream to over 65 mph in communities like Rutland and Middlebury from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

Prepare for power outages now!

Stay safe and stay informed as this storm rolls by!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Haley Bouley

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