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Wet And Cloudy Weather Pattern Through The Weekend

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Early Thursday morning, April 25, Hardwick hit a frosty temperature of 21 degrees followed by 26 degrees the following morning.

HARDWICK – Even though we had a cold front come through at the beginning of the forecast period last week, we were treated to a couple of days of sunny skies and slowly moderating temperatures. Several precipitation reporting stations noted that as that front passed through Wednesday, precipitation ended in the form of snow, with no measurable accumulation. High temperatures were generally in the upper 50s to low 60s, with overnight temperatures on Thursday night dropping down into the teens due to the clear skies and radiational cooling.

Clouds were on the increase on Saturday afternoon, and many woke up to some spectacular rumbles of thunder on Sunday morning as the next storm system marched through the region with increasing humidity. Rainfall amounts for the week totaled roughly one inch, with most of that falling during the thunderstorms and associated heavy downpours on Sunday.

Although our pattern has alternated between periods of sunshine and periods of rainy weather, the trend is going to shift to more of a static situation in the upcoming forecast. We will remain under the influence of upper-level lows, which will swing frontal boundaries through the region every 24 to 48 hours or so. The first one is exiting the region today, with a lingering trough bringing clouds and light rain showers over some of the mountainous terrain. The next frontal system occludes as it approaches Vermont mid-morning on Thursday, with another round of briefly heavy showers that clears the region by late afternoon.

Friday looks to be our best chance of sunshine this week, as we are in between systems. There will be some lingering clouds through the day, however, which will limit the amount of sunshine and overall heating. The system approaching for the weekend appears to be slowing down and falling apart as it crosses New England, so we’re expecting scattered showers Saturday afternoon, followed by another round of precipitation to round out the weekend later Sunday. Clouds will hang on for the duration of the weekend. Due to the overall persistence in clouds, temperatures are not likely to fluctuate much during the forecast window. Highs will generally be in the 60s with lows in the 40s. Here’s a look at how those details shape up:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers. High: 59. Low: 43.

Thursday: Cloudy. Rain beginning mid-morning, tapering off by late afternoon. High: 64. Low: 42.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 65. Low: 45.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the afternoon. High: 66. Low: 47.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the afternoon. High: 62. Low: 42.

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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