Tough Travel Conditions Tomorrow

November 22nd, 2011 at 7:37 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A potent storm system will be traveling through New England tonight and tomorrow just as millions of Americans hit the highways to try to get to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.  While we’re just forecasting “plain rain” for southern and central New England, we could see quite a bit of it.  In fact, our computer models this morning are still printing out around 2″ of rain in our area.  Most of the heavy rain falls late tonight through 2pm Wednesday, with lighter scattered showers continuing in the afternoon and evening.  The biggest concern for the roads around here will be localized street flooding.

 

It gets a little trickier if you’re headed into northern New England. Rain will mix with and transition to snow across central and northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  The ski resorts are going to be “thankful” for this storm after a very slow start to the season…. they’re getting a little gift from Mother Nature.  In fact, some of our computer models are hinting at more than 1ft of snow possible in ski country!  They’ll have to deal with another slug of very mild air by the weekend. Here’s a map of the 00z GFS forecasted snowfall totals through Thanksgiving morning… it shows a swath of 8-14″ of snow across central VT, NH and western Maine:

GFS Forecast Snow Accums through 7am Thursday

GFS Forecast Snow Accums through 7am Thursday

 

Skies should be sunny for Thanksgiving with gusty winds and cool, dry air.

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