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Not Done with Winter Weather

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Warm days and cold nights have created muddy roads and potholes as on Belfrey Road in East Hardwick. The Hardwick road crew is adapting with the changing weather conditions to keep the traffic moving.

HARDWICK – Not much precipitation fell over the forecast area last week, as a weak frontal system crossed into Wednesday morning, leaving just a couple tenths of an inch of precipitation. Clouds lingered into Friday before the rest of the weekend opened the skies up to abundant sunshine. Things were a little breezy to start off the weekend, but winds diminished quickly.

Just when we thought we were done with winter weather, another storm is seen making its way into the northeast this morning. It will have a decent amount of dry air to overrun, so while we expect overcast conditions today, precipitation is not likely to start until late this afternoon or evening. Snow and sleet will be the primary precipitation types, although some rain may briefly mix in the valleys of Wolcott, Hardwick, Plainfield, and Calais.

Precipitation then becomes heavier overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, before tapering off and becoming more focused in the higher elevations by afternoon. A total snow accumulation of 5 to 7 inches is likely in the aforementioned valleys, while higher elevations of our region will see 7 to 10 inches. Ongoing snow showers are expected through Saturday, setting us up for a clearing window that will occur Sunday into Monday, just in time for eclipse viewing. Here are the extended forecast details:

Wednesday: Cloudy. Snow, sleet, and rain developing in the afternoon, becoming heavy overnight. High: 35. Low: 28.

Thursday: Snow, at times heavy, tapering off throughout the day. Total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. High: 32. Low: 24.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain and snow showers. High: 37. Low: 26.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 27.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: 47. Low: 25.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Periods of darkness mid-afternoon. High: 51. Low: 26.

editor’s note: The forecast on eclipse day, Monday, April 8 calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of about 52 degrees, dropping into the high 40s just before and after totality at about 3:26. Looking a week out to the event from today, when this is being written, the forecast calls for slightly less than 50% cloud cover, which is likely to be high, thin clouds, and light winds.

Tyler is weather reporter and a community journalist. He works as a nurse and EMT, volunteers with Hardwick Resdue and helps to train new EMTs

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