Temperatures may go above the freezing mark here in the Champlain Valley today, a nearly 40 degree difference than what was felt over the weekend when the dense pocket of arctic air blanketed the region.
North Troy hit -35 degrees F Monday, the lowest recorded temperature in the state that day according to the Burlington Free Press. East Berkshire wasn’t far behind with a recorded -33, and Fletcher, Plainfield and Gallup Mills tallied -32. The lowest ever recorded temperature in Vermont was -50 F in Bloomfield on December 30, 1933, according to the National Weather Service in South Burlington where temperature readings have been reported since 1883. At the other extreme, the recorded all-time high took place in Vernon on the 4th of July 1911 when thermometers peaked at 105 degrees.
The latest stint of extreme cold weather lasted just for the weekend, but it was far from the state record 12 straight days of below zero temperatures from February 9-20, 1979. From December 7, 1962 to March 24, 1963 the state was gripped in 108 straight days of temperatures at 32 degrees F or lower.
So what’s next? A nor’easter is making its way to the mid-Atlantic that will cause a mess of trouble down there, but judging from reports Vermont will stay in the clear, maybe picking up a few flurries and a couple of inches in the Southern Sections. It could get down around zero this weekend, but it isn’t expected to get nearly as cold as it was the weekend of the 22nd.
Vermont Local Roads has a Toolbox Talk that describes OSHA tips to protect workers in cold environments. If you haven’t already, check out the Toolbox Talk published earlier this month about frost bite and hypothermia.