LH: Winter’s Back

By:  Lionel Hutz
March 23, 2011 9:54 am | Category: Weather

Enjoy that warm up? I hope so because all signs point to at least a two week return to winter. Starting this week, snow showers, cold temps, northwinds and cloudy days will return. And what a better way to kick off this period than witha nice round of upslope ( aka magic) snow!

Looking at the models and using some of my voodoo powers I’m really liking the period from 00z March 25th thru 16z march 26th. For the uninformed on converting GMT time to Human EST time, that’s the evening of the 24th through midday on the 26th. For those that are uninformed at looking at a calendar, that’s Thursday night thru Sat. morning. If you need more than that I don’t think I can help you. You prob. should have worm a helmet more as a kid and skipped the paint chip desserts.

This period has a nice west/northwest wind to get the cross barrier flow going, very high low level RH (though it could be a tad higher), Strong low level lift (surface thru 5500ft), and very nice temps for snow growth. We are a little far away for the high resolution models to start spitting out QPF data but I’m not a high resolution model. I’d estimate we’re going to deal with enough water to eek out 6-12 across the higher terrain of VT by the end of day saturday.

I’ll keep you updated.

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  1. scott
    wrote on March 23rd, 2011 at 1:45 pm  

    Lionel, does your guestimate for orographic snowfall include the high peaks of Central VT (i.e. Pico), or just the Northern Greens?

    • Lionel Hutz
      wrote on March 24th, 2011 at 9:21 am  

      Looks stronger to the north than the south. At least according to the usually accurate BTV WRF.

  2. skiscratchperry
    wrote on March 23rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm  

    yyyeeee hhhaawww!! and this pushes back the slushy spring snow for a couple weeks.

  3. TheRave
    wrote on March 24th, 2011 at 8:23 am  

    That’s awesome but what about the Whites? What about the Whites? I feel like a poor relation… :-( Thx!

    • Lionel Hutz
      wrote on March 24th, 2011 at 9:20 am  

      Dood…enough. Seriously stop with this IMBY stuff.

  4. neufox47
    wrote on March 25th, 2011 at 3:44 pm  

    Never seen VT get snubbed on the Magic Snow like they are right now. NH and ME are snagging it all.

    • Anonymous
      wrote on March 28th, 2011 at 11:38 am  

      Doesn’t look like there was any ” snub ” in the northern resorts. Just check J’s website. Stowe and Mt Mansfield also got in on the goods as predicted. Killington, as predicted, was a bit too far south. Sounds like a nice bonus for NH and Maine from what you have said.

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