Temperatures Rise as Sunny Skies Return

As we sit here and talk about the possibility of 80 degrees in the next few days, it is fascinating to reflect on what's happened in the last six weeks.

March went into the books a colder month than either January or February, and it would not stop snowing.

The snow depth on Vermont's tallest mountain, Mount Mansfield, is at 112 inches, 13 inches fell Friday and yesterday.

This is some of the deepest snow pack on record for this time of year going back at least to 1996, if not 1969.

In Caribou, Maine, the current snow depth is 17 inches, there has been more than a foot of snow on the ground here since November 30. That's about 130 consecutive days, breaking the record of a foot of snow on the ground 120 consecutive days from 1968 to 1969.

The Groundhog was right, we got six more weeks of winter. It just happened to to occur as spring began.

I think we can finally say, with confidence, the deepest snow cover is behind us now. (This is about the third time I have said this.)

The upper level low pressure system that brought the cold and snow on Saturday, has lifted to the north.

Today is the transition day, after starting off in the 20s and 30s this morning, we have a beautiful Palm Sunday afternoon with a high temperature near 60 degrees.

The high-pressure system that was initially cold, is now turning warm as it settles to the south of New England.

On the backside of this high-pressure system air is coming in from the southwest drawing warm, to perhaps record warm, to New England for our Monday and Tuesday.

With mostly fair skies we should have a beautiful view of the moon and Jupiter transiting nighttime sky the next couple of nights. Overnight low temperatures are going to be in the 40s to near 50 degrees.

Our Monday looks beautiful with a high temperature in the 70s under mostly sunny skies.

It is getting fairly breezy, wind from the southwest, gusting past 25 mph, so any proximity to the ocean will keep it about 10 degrees colder.

A weak front arrives in northern and New England Tuesday afternoon with a few showers, while most of southern New England stays dry and a high temperature in the 70s to near 80 degrees.

Again wind from the southwest keeps the coastal communities cooler.

That front pretty much falls apart over New England on Wednesday with just a couple of scattered showers, and a return to more seasonable weather for the end of the week.

Highs on Thursday and Friday generally in the 50s to near 60 degrees with a few showers scattered around.

The early call for next weekend is mostly dry and seasonable near 60 degrees.

Are we really done with the snow? Well the record in southern New England is May 9, so I'm not declaring it completely over until May 10.

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