From the SkyTracker Weather Center,
This unique and localized snow event will continue Thursday morning, lasting through Thursday afternoon and early evening, before ending by roughly midnight for all locations.
We say this is unique because it is a classic 'upslope' snow shower event where the windward side of the northern mountains pile up the snow accumulations, while valley locations remain untouched. Please be aware of these areas under the pink regions on the left hand side of this story. That is for a Winter Storm Warning that remains in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday from the National Weather Service. Towns under this warning include (but are not limited to) Newport, Johnson, Stowe, Montpelier, Enosburg, Richford, Underhill, Bristol, and Ripton Vermont. There, we will see 8-16" total snow accumulation with isolated amounts up to 20" possible.
Again those are snow totals, not additional accumulation on top of what has already fallen. Roads and surfaces will remain slippery through early Friday morning in those aforementioned areas.
What's the cause? Well a stationary and "closed" low pressure system to our northeast that continues to pinwheel moisture and cold air into our area, temperatures that are prime for the creation of snowflakes. While the snow has been, and will be, fluffy in nature, it could pile up very quickly.
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-Meteorologist Steve Glazier