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Continued mild today, with a few sprinkles north this morning, then rain spreading west to east this afternoon.

At a Glance

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AM sun south of Rt. 2, clouds north. Becoming cloudy, rain later this afternoon.
40s to low 50s.

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Rain, ending as wet snow over higher elevations north.

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Rain/wet snow showers north, spotty south.
Mid 30s to mid 40s, north to south

Mix of sun and clouds.


Chance of rain or snow showers, steadier late.
30s to lower 40s.

Eye on the Sky Forecast, December 1, 2023

Weather Forecast

Extended Forecast  |  Significant/Hazardous Weather  |  Recreational Forecast  |  Detailed Discussion  |  Farm & Garden  |  Wind by Elevation  |  Temperature by Elevation

Detailed Forecast

Some morning sun south of the Adirondacks and Rt. 2 south. Mostly cloudy far north with a few rain showers. Clouds and periods of rain spreading northeast mid to late afternoon. Highs in the 40s, a few low 50s in the warmer valleys. Winds southwest near 10 mph, gusting to 25 mph in the Champlain Valley, diminishing to less than 10 mph this afternoon.

Rain, changing to some wet snow over the higher terrain north, diminishing south of the Adirondacks and Rt. 2. Lows in the low to mid 30s. Winds light, except from the south near 10 mph in the Champlain Valley.

Mostly cloudy. A good chance of rain or wet snow showers from the Adirondacks and Rt. 2 north. A few localized showers south. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s north, in the 40s south. Winds variable, becoming north less than 10 mph.

Extended Forecast

Saturday Night:
Cloudy, with spotty sprinkles, drizzle, or freezing drizzle. Lows 30 to 35. Winds light and variable, becoming northeast near 10 mph in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Cloudy, with a rising chance of rain or snow, rain becoming likely south in the afternoon, spreading north late. Highs in the 30s to low 40s. Winds light, except northeast near 10 mph in the St. Lawrence Valley, and becoming east to northeast elsewhere.

Sunday Night:
Periods of rain or wet snow, snow more likely north, and over the higher terrain, with some accumulations possible. Lows 30 to 35.

Mainly snow with some rain north and over the higher terrain, and rain, mixed with some snow in southern valleys, decreasing through the day. Highs in the 30s to low 40s.

Monday Night:
Scattered snow showers, numerous over the northern mountains, and ending south. Lows in the upper teens and 20s north, 20s to near 30 south.

Mostly cloudy through the north and mountains, with scattered snow showers. Periods of sun in southern valleys. Much colder. Highs in the 20s north, 30s south.

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Significant/Hazardous Weather

None through Saturday afternoon. Some localized freezing drizzle possible Saturday night, creating icy spots. A potential for heavy wet snow, especially over higher elevations north Sunday night into early Monday.

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Recreational Forecast

Mountain Forecast:
The summits can expect clouds to return, lowering onto the northern summits, with a rising chance of rain or snow showers, while southern summits start with sun, but clouds arrive and lower as rain spreads east in the afternoon. Moderate southwest winds, and temperatures will edge up a few more degrees. The weekend features lots of clouds, in and out across the summits, with snow showers likely north, scattered south Saturday, mixed with rain below 3000 feet. Light southwest winds becoming northwest Saturday, with temperatures steady or falling a few degrees to near freezing. On Sunday, light to moderate southeast winds develop, and temperatures will remain close to the freezing mark.

Wind At Lower Elevations:
Winds today from the southwest near 10 mph, gusting to 25 mph in the Champlain Valley, diminishing to less than 10 mph this afternoon. Friday night, winds diminishing to light, except remaining south near 10 mph in the Champlain Valley. On Saturday, winds will be light and variable, becoming north less than 10 mph. Sunday’s outlook calls for light and variable winds, except northeast near 10 mph in the St. Lawrence Valley, and becoming east to northeast elsewhere.

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Detailed Discussion

A curiously mild morning, considering we’re flipping the calendar to December. Temperatures actually range widely, from 20s where it was partly cloudy overnight, while gusty south winds in the Champlain Valley kept readings in the 40s. Broad low pressure far to our north is steering a cold front southwest across Quebec, approaching the St. Lawrence Valley. Our milder air continues to ride southwest winds into the region ahead of the front, and for much of the area south of the Adirondacks and Rt. 2, some sunshine will lift readings into the 40s, maybe even a few low 50s, until clouds and rain arrive later this afternoon. Meanwhile, the cold front edges into the St. Lawrence Valley today, with a few spotty rain showers noted this morning. That front extends southwest to low pressure over Missouri this morning, forecast to track east and northeast along the front, though it appears it may deteriorate in the process. That means a period of rain pushes east and northeast mid to late afternoon, while the cold front stalls over far northern areas. Overnight, this leads to wet snow mixing in over the far north, and over the higher terrain, mostly a cold rain in valleys, especially south, tapering off through the overnight. Cold high pressure building well to our north over Quebec will help the cold front edge a little more south tomorrow, with leftover wet snow or rain showers from the Adirondacks and Rt. 2 north, and temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. South of the front, just a passing, localized shower south, with readings still mild, in the 40s. The front drifts a little more south Saturday night, just cold enough in northern areas that some patchy freezing drizzle is possible, creating localized icy conditions early Sunday. It remains cloudy Sunday, with spotty, light rain or snow showers. However, energy stirring up a storm in the Midwest Sunday, and a soggy storm developing in the southeast, while combine and track northeast Sunday night into Monday. Latest indications feature periods of rain, possibly changing to some heavy, wet snow, especially north, and over the higher terrain extending south. Much will depend on the track and strength of the storm, as well as your location and your elevation. The storm will move quickly, tapering off Monday, with colder air to follow.

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Farm & Garden

Rainfall Forecast:
The growing season has ended. The Farm and Garden forecasts will resume in April of 2024.

Drying Conditions:


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Wind by Elevation

Wind Speeds
2000ftW>SW 15 to 25 mphSW 5>NW 10 mphESE 10 to 15 mph
4000ftW>SW 25 to 35 mphW>NW 10 to 15 mphSSE 10 to 25 mph
6000ftW 65>SW 45 mphW 45>NW 35 mphSW 15 to 30 mph

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Temperature by Elevation

Temperature at Elevation
2000ft37 N/44 S35 N/41 S30s
4000ft30s30s35 to 40
6000ft25 to 3025 to 30near 32

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Weather Journal

December 1, 2023

Sunrise: 7:06 AM
Sunset: 4:13 PM

Length of the day:
9 hours 7 minutes

On this date just over 50 years ago, in 1972, a moderate snowstorm began a snowy week, with a second storm following 3 days later. Totals included 15 inches in Lebanon, NH, 16 inches in St. Johnsbury, VT and Woodstock, NH, and 19 inches in Rochester and Peru, VT as well as West Rumney and Hanover, NH. In spite of one of the snowiest Decembers on record, the rest of the winter lacked the usual snow and cold.

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