Well, painful, that is, if you like or depend on snowpack for work or recreation. (Hey, think about where we live... we need snow this time of year)!
With the recent thaw and temps surging into the 40s and 50s (even a few spots that touched 60s!) Wednesday through early Thursday, we took a big hit to our snowpack across the region. Take a look at the images for snowpack comparison (left, click to enlarge).
Most of the area took a huge hit, and snowpack has dimished to nearly nothing in the Champlain Valley, St. Lawrence River Valley, and also the CT River Valley. You will still find at least 12" of snow in many of the mountains...unfortunately, thats quite a bit less than just a few days ago. We even heard that Bolton Valley ski area had to shut down Thursday due to standing water on some trails....this is bad news bears.
Here's some good news, snow lovers. Colder temps have returned for a while. This will help ski areas get the snow guns going again, at least. The bad news is, snow lovers, that there really isn't much natural snow in the forecast. Aside from light and scattered snow showers through Saturday, it looks like Sunday is our best shot at snow accumulation as a small coastal low wraps up around southern New England. This could bring a shot of 1-3" of snowfall for Superbowl Sunday.