Weather by Tim Kelley
Friday March 20th, 2015 - 12:02 pm
We’re locked, loaded and ready for this weekend's Ski The East Free Ride Tour, the 5th and final stop of the 2015 season.
The Extreme Competition is this Saturday and Sunday at Jay Peak Resort. Champions will be crowned and toasted Sunday afternoon. And there is no other place in North America better to host it.
Having just passed 317 inches of snow for the season, no other ski resort on this side of the world can match our snowfall, we are going on 10 weeks since the last raindrop.
There has been one minor warm spell and a couple of doses of freezing drizzle, but that has been buried by another 20 inches of snow in the last two weeks.
The weather patterns shows no sign of real spring weather's anytime soon. Unless of course, you consider snowy and cold and March and early April to be spring weather here in northern Vermont.
A brief let up in the chill early Saturday means comfortable skiing with temperatures just at or above freezing and powdery snow. By Saturday afternoon it is snowing again. This is yet another push from the vortex in south eastern Canada.
The Jay cloud should once again overproduce with at least 6 inches of new by Sunday morning. Winds will be picking up, but hopefully just below any lift told status. Temperature will be dropping into the single digits during Sunday.
Wind and chill is here Sunday night for a windswept powder reload Monday morning. The wind lets up Monday afternoon for midwinter beauty.
Then we may have a couple of actual spring days Tuesday and Wednesday. It could mean the first corn snow of the season by late Wednesday.
The next front arrives at the same time with a chance of precipitation. There could actually be a couple of raindrops before snow returns on Thursday.
We can pick up this weather story again the middle of next week if consumers desire to hear more from me.
It appears there could be another visit by the polar vortex to start off April.
Wish I was there now, see you on the slopes.
Who is Tim Kelley?
A native Cape Codder, Tim says "Dad taught me how to read Barometer, Mom taught me how to smile."
He learned to ski at Blue Hill near Boston 4 decades ago. But it was Burke Mountain Vermont where I was exposed to big mountain skiing while earning his B.S. in Meteorology at Lyndon State College, class of '87.
Tim has started his weather career at WMUR Manchester NH, then went to WLNE in Providence RI, before settling at his current TV gig, New England Cable News (NECN) in 1992. You can also see his surf and ski reports on SkiTheEast.net, Boardliving.com, and SurfSkiWeather.us.
He says "It's an honor to be part of The Jay Team, look for me in TIMbuktu!"