A fast-moving cold front will bring to Vermont a blustery "hodge-podge" of wet snow and ice Friday and Saturday, according to National Weather Service predictions.
Motorists should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions, the weather service warned — and allow extra time for trips.
The storm is on track to arrive during the Friday evening commute in Chittenden County, said weather service meteorologist Jessica Neiles.
Higher elevations along the Green Mountains have been placed on a winter storm warning, with up to 20 inches blanketing ridges from Mt. Mansfield down to Mt. Ellen.
Roadways throughout the state will likely become slick, the weather service stated. High winds are predicted to reduce visibility, and to deliver wind-chill temperatures into the single-digits.
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"If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency," the weather service posted on its website.
Almost all of Vermont has been placed on a winter weather advisory during the storm — Grand Isle County excepted.
Valleys will likely receive one to four inches of snow, the forecast states; higher terrain can expect considerably more.
Temperatures in Burlington are predicted to dip down to 15 degrees Friday and Saturday nights, and highs will remain below freezing through Tuesday.
Meteorologist Neiles speculated that Vermont's ski resorts would welcome the arrival of fresh snow.
Reporter Joel Banner Baird can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Vermont winter storm warning: High elevations expect up to 20 inches