• Winter storm may mess with Thanksgiving travelers
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     | November 26,2013
     

    With thousands of Vermonters preparing to travel for the long holiday weekend, the roads will be a little slippery in places, making driving difficult.

    A winter storm is expected to arrive in Vermont today, bringing snow and freezing rain overnight as one front moves north carrying Gulf moisture. Up north, that front will meet another front moving across the northern part of the country bringing cold air.

    The majority of the impact will be felt later today through Wednesday morning with rain being the main effect throughout the day Wednesday.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Vermont beginning at 5 p.m. today through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

    The advisory says accumulations of 1 to 4 inches of heavy, wet snow should be expected and up to one-third of an inch of ice in places. Some areas will see more snow, and higher elevations could see significant accumulations.

    Michael Muccilli, of the National Weather Service office in Burlington, said the storm should bring snow later today and rain and freezing rain overnight, before turning to all rain throughout the day Wednesday as warmer air pushes in.

    Snow could return Wednesday evening and stick around into Thursday, but the additional snow should not produce much in the way of measurable accumulation.

    Muccilli said the road conditions that travelers encounter will depend on which direction they are heading and when they leave.

    He said if they are traveling south or east, they’ll find mostly rain Wednesday, but those traveling west into the mountains of northern New York could find more snow in the higher elevations and colder air.

    “That’s where the bigger problems are going to be,” Muccilli said.

    Mark Bosma, public information officer with the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said anybody planning to travel should take some precautions before heading out.

    “Vermonters know what to do before a storm,” Bosma said. “Just be careful and take every precaution to be safe.”

    Muccilli said the rest of the holiday weekend will be cold but dry.

    Thanksgiving Day could see some lingering snow showers, and anybody heading out early for Black Friday sales had better bundle up.

    Muccilli said to expect temperatures around 10 degrees in the predawn hours Friday.

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