On April 27, 2010 a major late Spring storm moved into Northern New England. Computer models were predicting snow, and lots of it, for the higher elevations of Northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and extreme NW Maine.
My kids were both on Spring Vacation from school all week. When I first observed the weather data coming in late on Monday afternoon, I was very shocked to see a Winter Storm Warning issued for my area. Never in my life, could I ever remember such a big, Winter Storm Warning for Late April – WOW! by Monday evening, I knew there would be history made here in Vermont. What I didn’t expect was the incredible amount of arctic air that became infused into our area, even at the lower elevations . Tuesday morning, temps rapidly fell from the lower 40’s to the lower 30’s by noon across NW Vermont including nearby Burlington, VT.
When I was waking up Tuesday morning, I had the window inched open, as the night was mild and breezy. Winds began to drill in arctic air from the NNW and a steady cold rain was falling. It was time to shut the window and turn up the heat just a bit.
My kids were having a friend come over for a play date soon, so I had to wake them up. My wife was at work and I decided to get my coffee in the kitchen before my kiddies would invade the area asking for some breakfest. The rain began pelting against the screened windows. The temp was around 38. Great, yet another cold rain for my area and snow for nearby Mount Mansfield, I thought to myself. The wind outside calmed down and the cold rain continued. Five minutes later, my kids were wide awake. I let them put on Sponge Bob, as I enjoyed my coffee and toast.
Much to my surprise, fat snowflakes began to fall as the temp dropped to 34. As I looked over to a hill just to our NW, curtains of heavy snow began to cascade down to the valley of Jericho. By 7:15am all snow was falling.
You have to remember that I’m a total, self proclaimed — weather nutcase! It’s April 27th and we are going to have a snowstorm. It was a thrill for me. My younger children were telling me to stop taking photos of the snow! Our guest arrived and my children became occupied playing board games with her. It was around 8:30am when the landscape outside changed from a lush, countryside April green, to a December winter wonderland.
The photo above was after 2 hours past. By 10:30am our secondary and main roads became snow covered as the temp continued to drop and hold steady at 32. The day before it was 68 and sunny. A beautiful spring day. Bumble bees were out and the trees began to turn green while other trees continued to look bare. Wild country flowers were blooming and my lawn was growing rapidly with the strong April sunshine and fresh Vermont air. You could smell the flowers in the air. It was hard to imagine a monster snowstorm would clobber Northern Vermont for the next 2 days!
Enjoy the photos below of the historic snowstorm of April 27th and 28th that pounded Northern New England. Over 2 FT of heavy wet snow fell in many areas.
Photo above: Tuesday afternoon around 4pm. with nearly a foot of new snow along Raceway Rd, Jericho, VT.
Above: Tuesday afternoon around 4pm., Picnic area off Raceway Rd. Looking east at my neighborhood in the distance. The snow hid the surrounding mountains including the majestic, Mount Mansfield, which wasn’t seen for days!
Above: Wednesday morning in my yard. The snow was approaching 18 inches. Jericho, VT. It was spooky to hear trees snapping in the background. Over 16,000 people lost power in the local area.
Above: It was 85 today and this photo was taken just 4 days ago. Wednesday morning, April 28th in my backyard as the snow just continued to fall.
Above: A nearby farm off Raceway, Rd. in Jericho, VT – Wednesday morning, April 28th.
Above: My friends call me SnoBoy, I wonder why.
It’s time to wrap up this story and get back on track with Spring. Today, it was hot and humid as I watched my son play soccer in Burlington, VT. Trees in the Champlain Valley are in full bloom. Jericho and surrounding areas have lost all the snow cover. It’s lush outside and as Spring has Sprung Back into Summer, leaving the storm story that I shared with you, forever in my weather memory banks.
Before closing, I also want to painfully acknowledge, there were many trees in our area damaged and destroyed by the heavy snow. Some cars were even smashed and properties were damaged. Many people had no power for days. So this story has it’s darker side and my thoughts and prayers are with the people who had damage or even injuries from this severe Spring storm. Some of you are sick of the snow, and I understand that. It’s time to switch gears for the next several months and focus on the warmer side of the life. Summer Vacation!
Coming up in a few weeks, I will be looking further into our future to see what kind of Summer we are in for. We have a fading El Nino and I expect a developing La Nina by late Summer or early Fall. Until then, stay cool and put on your sunscreen. You take care!
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