From the TV 5 Forecast Center:
The arctic air has arrived. High pressure will build into the area today bringing us some sunshine. There will be more clouds coming in this afternoon as low pressure approaches from the Great Lakes. Temperatures will be well below average today with highs only in the mid-single numbers to around 10° over the northern half of the state and mainly teens elsewhere. Northwest winds will be breezy with average speeds between 10-15 MPH and gusts to 25 MPH which will give us wind chills between 0° to -15° at times so bundle if you have to head outdoors. Clouds will continue to roll in tonight and we may see a few snow showers after midnight as low pressure moves towards the area. Temperatures will be in the single numbers to near 10° in most locales with a few spots mainly north of Greenville and Millinocket dropping below 0° for the nighttime lows.
A cold front will cross the state Friday morning and early afternoon bringing us clouds a few snow showers along the way. As the front moves to our east, drier air moving in behind it will allow us to clear out Friday afternoon. Another shot of arctic air will move in behind the front as well making for a very cold start to the weekend. High pressure will dominate our weather for the first half of the weekend with sunshine expected on Saturday. Despite the sunshine though, temperatures will only range from the mid-single numbers to mid-teens for highs Saturday afternoon.
We’re keeping an eye on a potential significant snowstorm for Saturday night into Sunday. Computer models have been trending further south and east with the storm track over the past 24 hours which means that the heavier precipitation is now forecast to pass to our south based on the latest data. That being said, at this point, it still looks like a light to moderate snowfall for us beginning Saturday night and winding down later Sunday into Sunday night. If the trend continues to push the storm further south and east then we’ll have to lower the snowfall amounts even more and vice versa, if the models begin to bring the storm back to the north and west then we’ll have to increase our snowfall expectations. It’s still a few days away and so nothing is etched in stone by any means. There is still some time for things to change so we’ll keep you posted as we get closer.
Rest of Today: mostly sunny. Frigid with highs between 7°-18°. Northwest wind 10-15 MPH with gusts to 25 MPH possible. Winds chills will feel more like its 0° to -15° at times.
Tonight: mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers mainly after midnight. Lows between -5° to +10°. Southwest wind 5-10 MPH.
Friday: mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers during the morning. Brightening skies during the afternoon. Highs between 14°-25°. Northwest wind 10-20 MPH.
Saturday: mostly sunny during the morning then becoming partly sunny during the afternoon. Highs between 6°-18°.
Sunday: snow likely. Highs in the mid-teens to mid-20s.
Monday: clearing and cold. Highs in the teens to around 20°.
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