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Wednesday night is go time

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Attention snowmakers: I hope you rest up tonight, because Wednesday night shortly after dark it will be time to get down to business. We're expecting at least two prolonged snowmaking windows. The first Wednesday (10/16) night into Friday morning, and another Saturday night into Tuesday morning. Below is a modeled temperature timeline for Jay Peak. Note that temperatures on Sunday and Monday may not stay cold enough to allow daytime snow production.

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With the arrival of the cold air on Wednesday night, we should see some accumulating snowfall at elevation in northern New England. Except for a stay coating which will quickly melt, don't expect any impact at lower elevations.

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So will we get any skiing in this weekend? That really depends on what daytime temperatures and humidity do during the day Thursday. Dewpoints in the teens mean that humidity won't be an issue. At the moment it looks like high temperatures should stay cold enough for productive snow making above about 2500 feet. It's possible we'll have upper mountain skiing on offer at Killington and Sunday River this coming weekend. If base depths aren't there in time, skiing early next week seems like a safe bet. By the weekend of October 27, anybody who wants to open should be able to do so. A third snowmaking window setup late next week Wednesday into Thursday.

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Looking past the weekend of October 27, the pattern turns warmer. The days surrounding Halloween should be back above freezing with temperatures trending near to above average. Beyond that is too far to see.

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