Weather from the hill
Thursday April 11th, 2013 - 12:53 pm
Update Thursday morning April 11th
We are still looking at late season spring snowfall for the Mountain
About 6 to 10” of new fresh spring snow was expected to cover the entire mountain, base lodge level and higher. There’s a 30% chance for over a foot at the summit if temperatures aloft stay cold enough and moisture stays in tact.
There were still some questions meteorologically, with some interference to the maximum dendritic (snow flake) growth stages as a layer of warmer air may try to make it as far north as the Canadian border. This could have even more ramifications reducing snowfall amounts just to our south. A warm layer above freezing and if thick enough over 800 feet, may act to melt the snowflakes on their fall downward enough to make for ice pellets – sleet, or snow pellets which resemble tiny Styrofoam balls usually seen with marginally cold temperatures aloft.
In any event there will be fresh tracks for Friday morning and very likely Saturday morning. In-between some sort of a powder day on the slopes of Jay Peak for tomorrow Friday.
This Weekend Maybe some additional minor snowfall…
Scattered off and on snow showers and flurries were likely both Saturday and Sunday as the weather will behave much more like late March than mid April. Skiers and snow boarders will want to take advantage of this great extension to this 2012-2013 winter ski season, while others curse up their own storm at the closest weather-person!
Tuesday Afternoon April 9th
Colder Canadian Air bleeds down just in time ahead of oncoming Storm late this week…
An increasing chance for wet snow at least mid mountain and higher, begins Wednesday night, with the first small preview of potential things to come. Wednesday nights’ bout should be no big deal limited to a couple slushy inches but it could freshen up the slopes for Thursday morning skiers and should taken advantage of..
However, most notably a much larger storm that was dropping snow in the high Plains and Rockies Thursday night into Friday morning could also deliver for much of the Jay Peak region. In fact, we could see some significant snowfall for the higher northern Green Mountains – but this will be tricky.
Complexity galore with this particular weather system. Factors include elevation of snow level during heavier precip, how cold the air aloft to be in play, as well as storm track, amount of colder Canadian air in place to our north as well as the effects from
-Roger Hill of Weather Heights, Worcester Vermont.
Who is Roger Hill?
Over the past 30 years, master meteorologist Roger Hill has worked with the US Army, National Weather Service, Woodstock, The Grateful Dead, Mozart Festival and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He’s worked with clients like General Electric, Best Ski Weather, and the Agency of Transportation. Additionally you can read Roger's weekly forecast in The Stowe Reporter, The Montpelier Bridge. Check out his web site Weatheringheights.com.
“Mountain forecasting is tricky and intense. The weather in Vermont is very "in your face." I prefer the use of smart technology in ways to help us as a species go with the flow instead of spitting into the wind, and reject those who support political dinosaur thinking. I'll try to keep you ahead on what Mother Nature's favorite snow dump, Jay Peak, does.”
– Roger Hill