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WINTER STORM TO AFFECT HOLIDAY TRAVEL ACROSS THE NORTHEAST

A developing nor'easter off the east coast will bring the first widespread significant snowfall of the season to the North Country today through tonight. Slow travel due to slick, snow covered roadways and low visibility is expected, especially across Central and Eastern Vermont. Snow will end by daybreak Thanksgiving morning, with dry and seasonably cold conditions following through Friday.
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WFO BTV Lake Champlain Forecasts
RECREATIONAL FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
1025 AM EST WED NOV 26 2014

.THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN FORECAST...

.REST OF TODAY...NORTH WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. WAVES AROUND 1 FOOT. A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW LATE IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW IN
THE AFTERNOON. VISIBILITY 3 TO 5 MILES...DECREASING TO 1 MILE OR
LESS IN THE AFTERNOON. 
.TONIGHT...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS. WAVES 2 TO 4 FEET. SNOW UNTIL
MIDNIGHT...THEN SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR
LESS. 
.THANKSGIVING DAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 5 TO
10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. WAVES 2 TO 4 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO
2 FEET IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS IN THE MORNING.
VISIBILITY AROUND 5 MILES. 

LATEST LEVEL AND TEMPERATURE DATA FROM AROUND LAKE CHAMPLAIN
                                LEVEL           TEMPERATURE
USGS GAGE AT ROUSES POINT NY    94.26 FEET
USGS GAGE AT BURLINGTON VT      94.35 FEET      46 DEGREES
KING STREET FERRY DOCK          94.21 FEET      50 DEGREES
COLCHESTER REEF                                 47 DEGREES
DIAMOND ISLAND                                  47 DEGREES


Graphical Lake Forecast Lake Point Forecasts

 

 

Current Conditions

Last Updated on 10:00 AM EST Wed Nov 26 2014
Location Tmp
(°F)
RH
(%)
Wind
(kts)
Pres
(mb)
Water Tmp
(°F)
Colchester Reef3462NE12G151019.047.5
Diamond Island3670N14G161016.047.4
Burton IslandN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Current Lake Champlain Readings
Lake data for 11/25/2014 from King St. Ferry dock
Level: 94.21 ft. Temp: 50 F


60 Day Lake Level & Temperature Plots
Current Year Lake Level & Temperature Plots

 

USGS Gage at Burlington, VT

(near real-time)
USGS Gage at Rouse's Point, NY

(near real-time)

USGS Gage at Whitehall, NY

(near real-time)

 

Alternate USGS Links



Historical Lake Champlain Yearly Graphs
Graphs updated daily
Lake LevelLake Temperature

 

Lake Champlain Models

 

 WRF/GLERL Lake Champlain Wind & Wave Models

Disclaimer: The data and information that is contained in these WRF/GLERL wind and wave forecasts should be considered for informational and planning purposes only. It does not represent the official Lake Champlain Recreational Forecast, nor does it constitute an endorsement by the National Weather Service as an accurate representation of true wind and wave behavior on the lake.

 

The Science Behind the Creation of the Lake Champlain Forecast

 

The National Weather Service in Burlington produces the Lake Champlain recreational forecast from April through December, twice per day at approximately 4 am and 4 pm, with updates made when weather conditions become unrepresentative. Forecasts are valid for either 36 or 48 hours dependent on issuance time, and predict winds, significant wave heights, sensible weather, and associated restrictions to visibility if applicable over the open lake waters. Text, graphical and "point and click" forecasts are available to the user. In addition to these official forecasts, the NWS in Burlington produces a Lake Champlain model forecast which is run 4 times daily. These "model produced" forecasts are created automatically, with no human involvement and predict winds and wave heights only. They have been shown to predict these elements reasonably well under most conditions, and provide an extra source of information to those wanting access to more data. However, having no human involvement should throw caution to the wind and during most situations boaters should refer to the official NWS forecast for the most accurate and representative information. Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Lake Champlain Recreational Forecast process.

 

Lake Champlain Ice Coverage

 

As of mid December, 2013 Lake Champlain is beginning to develop surface ice. From now until the end of the 2013-2014 ice season images will be regularly posted on this page to give winter recreational enthusiasts using the lake a rough idea of ice coverage. The imagery is MODIS 250 meter resolution data from NOAA's Terra and Aqua polar orbiting satellites on clear or predominantly sunny days and will show approximate ice coverage on the lake. The times of the images vary, but usually are within an hour or two of local noon when the satellite passes occur. Please note that ice may be clear or opaque in the pictures with a few apparently open water areas possibly having a thin, clear cover of ice. Thus this page is intended as a reference source only, and those planning winter activities on the lake should make use of additional resources to determine more precise ice coverage and thickness in their area of interest. 
 

 

 

Lake Champlain Nautical Charts

 

 

Other Champlain Information

 

WFO BTV Higher Summits Forecasts
RECREATIONAL FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
1025 AM EST WED NOV 26 2014

.THE HIGHER SUMMITS FORECAST FOR VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...

.REST OF TODAY...SUMMITS OBSCURED IN CLOUDS. A CHANCE OF SNOW
LATE IN THE MORNING...THEN SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. NEAR STEADY
TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 20S. LIGHT WINDS...BECOMING EAST 5 TO 15
MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...SUMMITS OBSCURED IN CLOUDS. SNOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT...THEN
SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE UPPER TEENS. NORTH WINDS
20 TO 35 MPH. WIND CHILL VALUES AROUND ZERO. 
.THANKSGIVING DAY...SUMMITS OBSCURED IN CLOUDS. A CHANCE OF SNOW
SHOWERS. NEAR STEADY TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER TEENS. NORTH WINDS
5 TO 20 MPH. 


Mountain Point Forecasts

*** Higher summits forecast is valid for 3000 to 5000 foot peaks *** 

***PLEASE NOTE***
During the traditional Mud Season (approximately mid-April to Memorial Day), the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks, and New York's Department of Environmental Conservation closes trails, or institutes a voluntary closure, asking hikers to refrain from traveling. This is done to protect sensitive alpine vegetation and trail erosion.



Mount Mansfield Current Conditions

8:05 AM EST Mon Nov 24 2014
Temperature: 38F
Wind Direction: 146°
Wind Speed: 35 mph
Wind Gust: 54 mph


Click here for 12 hour data
Regional Mesonet Profile


Mount Mansfield Daily Summary
DAILY HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DATA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
533 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

STATION            PRECIP   TEMPERATURE   PRESENT         SNOW
                   24 HRS   MAX MIN CUR   WEATHER     NEW TOTAL SWE

MOUNT MANSFIELD     0.18    49  28  28                0.0   3    


(Observations taken daily around 4pm at the WCAX transmitter atop Mount Mansfield.)