(Un)Happy Mother’s Day, mom! Here’s some snow, cold temperatures and high winds

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Golfers who want to get out and enjoy the first weekend of golf in Vermont might need to use colored balls. Otherwise, they could lose their golf balls in the snow.

Yes, snow is coming, at the halfway point of what’s supposed to be spring.

At least the forecast doesn’t call for a lot of snow in the Champlain Valley.

“We’re going to have a little bit of snow overnight (Friday into Saturday) and it’s mainly going to accumulate on grassy surfaces,” said Jessica Neiles, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. She said the Champlain Valley should expect half an inch or so with some follow-up flurries Sunday, none of which should stick to pavement.

Eastern Chittenden County from Essex toward the Green Mountains should expect a little more, Neiles said, maybe up to 2 inches. The Northeast Kingdom could receive 2 to 5 inches of snow while the state’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, may see 5 inches.

“The spine of the Green Mountains will look pretty with fresh white coating on them,” Neiles said.

The forecast doesn’t sound so pretty to golfers, gardeners and hikers who’ve felt cooped up while stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have been in place the past two months. Chilly temperatures and high winds — the forecast calls for gusts as high as 34 mph Saturday and 30 mph Sunday — will make it feel more like late March than Mother’s Day weekend.

Neiles said May has been half a degree below normal temperature-wise, while April’s temperatures were down 1.4 degrees from average. Winter was mild, however, and Neiles said temperatures in March were 6.3 degrees above normal.

Neiles said temperatures this time of year should be in the mid-60s. Saturday’s forecast high is 40 degrees, which Neiles said is close to the record for the lowest high temperature for the day, 39 degrees in 1983.

Even those measly 40 degrees might be tough to achieve Saturday, according to Neiles, who has found a silver lining should the temperature not rise out of the 30s all day.

“It’s fun to break records,” she said.

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at (802) 660-1844 or bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com. Follow Brent on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrentHallenbeck.

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