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Thursday, March 8, 2012

A bit of powder for Saturday, believe it or not

This comes less than 48 hours after 60-degree temperatures at the base of MRG and it will come before another extended round of spring-like weather. In the meantime cold weather is interrupting an incredibly mild March pattern. It will be a fitting encore of sorts.

The system responsible for the Saturday powder will arrive late Friday. It is a rather vigorous piece of upper level energy but it will move in and move out very quickly and has limited moisture. After temperatures hover near the freezing mark on the mountain Friday, flurries and snow showers will begin during the evening and continue into the overnight. By Saturday morning, the snow will be over and out and be replaced by wind and a very modest bit of chill. Overall, we can expect to see between 3-6 inches of powder, enough for a few decent turns Saturday morning. Temperatures will remain below freezing through Saturday night but sunshine and southwesterly breezes will move readings into the 40's again on Sunday afternoon.

A back door front could bring some maritime air into Vermont next week keeping temperatures within ten degrees of normal. Other than that though it will be mild with temperatures reaching 50 on at least 2 days next week and a good chance for rain on Monday. The upper ridge responsible for all this is capable of bringing record breaking high temperatures to many areas. It is the strongest upper level feature in the northern hemisphere over the next 7-10 days and it will leave its mark and potentially end many ski seasons across the eastern United States.

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