Frigid start leads to mild weekend

June Hill, 3, with Olaf the snowman in Middlebury on Dec. 29. Photo by Maureen Hill
June Hill, 3, with Olaf the snowman in Middlebury on Dec. 29. Photo by Maureen Hill

It was caps, hats, socks and mittens for siblings Wyatt and June Hill who took an official snow day off with their mom, Maureen, in Middlebury during the first snow storm of the season last week. The snow was perfect for constructing a life-sized Olaf and durable snow fort built for the two snowsuit-clad toddlers.

December 2015 will be remembered as the year families cut and trimmed Christmas trees in shorts and T-shirts in Vermont. But just before the new year rolled in, some cold, wet snow did finally arrive Dec. 29.

The holiday snowstorm of sleet and wet snow was dubbed a “slop storm” by many. It was the kind of snow that clung. Parking bans went into full effect, and utility companies were on high alert for power outages. An average of five inches of snow accumulated and has stuck around.

Monday ushered in the coldest temperatures of the season. Lows in the Champlain Valley were in single digits by day and negative numbers by night with scattered snow showers.

This weekend we can expect a moderate trend in weather as the Greater Burlington Area warms back up to above seasonal temperatures, US National Weather Service Burlington Head Forecaster John Goff said. Weather will be in the 30s and dry through Friday.

We can expect a wintery mix, or just plain good old rain, thoughout the weekend, but not enough to dissolve the snow that has accumulated. Snow will become more compact as temperatures warm and the rains come, but there will still be enough snow in most yards for Olaf and his little friends.

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