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Northern Vermont is in the path of totality for a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

Eclipse weather forecast: Northeast Kingdom gets best views in Vermont

A map of the United States with lines across it to show the path of totality of the solar eclipse on April 8, and white, gray and blue areas to show anticipated cloud cover.
National Weather Service
On April 8, 2024, spectators who aren't near the path of totality or who get cloudy weather on eclipse day can still catch the total solar eclipse with NASA, science centers and media organizations planning to stream live coverage online from different locations along the path.

The weather appears to be holding steady for eclipse viewers here in Vermont.

Conor Lahiff of the National Weather Service in Burlington said they are closely watching a band of low, thick clouds that are moving across New York toward Vermont — and could block out the eclipse.

Lahiff said it looks like they'll hit the Adirondacks region around 3 p.m., but Vermont should be spared.

"It's a pretty close call for Vermont as far as those those lower clouds obscuring things," Lahiff said in an interview late Monday morning, "but we're optimistic that those are going to stay west of us long enough that we're going to get a good view."

Folks in the Champlain Valley should expect to see high clouds this afternoon — but those won't impede eclipse views.

The Northeast Kingdom will have the best conditions in the state.

From Monday's Eye on the Sky weather forecast: "Sunny this morning after any early fog, then high clouds advancing from the southwest, likely reaching Burlington, central Vermont, and southern New Hampshire early this afternoon, with patchy high clouds or clear skies farther to the north and east. Highs from the mid 50s to lower 60s. Winds becoming northwest winds 5 to 10 mph."

Vermont's favorable prospects make it an outlier in the national forecast. Along the path of totality, which stretches from Texas to Maine, the "best chances for clear viewing" are in northern New England and parts of Arkansas and Indiana, the NOAA National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said in a Facebook post Sunday. Other areas along the path, including Texas, are looking at clouds.

Comments on the post and national news coverage indicated that some people were considering changing their travel plans to chase clear skies for the eclipse. Last-minute weather-based decisions could bring more visitors to Vermont.

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See all of Vermont Public's 2024 eclipse coverage.

Updated: April 7, 2024 at 3:22 PM EDT
This article was updated with the latest forecast Sunday, April 7.
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