Brightening Skies & Turning Colder Today, Cold Week Ahead 

From the TV 5 Forecast Center:


The storm that brought snow, mix and rain to the area last night will continue to pull away from Maine today. A cold front will move to our east this afternoon, allowing colder air to start filtering into the region. Temperatures will gradually fall to the teens and low 20s in most spots by late in the day with a few spots up north dropping to the upper single numbers. Skies will be clear to partly cloudy tonight and with colder air in place, we’ll see temperatures dropping below 0° even along the coastline.


We’ll start the day Tuesday with a little morning sunshine followed by increasing clouds as a weak area of low pressure approaches from the Great Lakes region. Temperatures will be much colder Tuesday with highs only in the single numbers to low teens from north to south across the state. The weak area of low pressure is forecast to cross the state Tuesday night giving us the chance for a few snow showers. If you are planning on heading out to any of the New Year’s Eve festivities, plan on scattered snow showers that may leave a coating of snow in spots and temperatures that will drop to near or below zero from Bangor northward and single numbers above zero closer to the coast. High pressure will build in and bring us some sunshine for New Year’s Day. Despite the sunshine, temperatures will only be in the single numbers and teens for highs Wednesday afternoon. An even colder arctic airmass is scheduled to move in later Wednesday and Wednesday night setting us up with the coldest air we’ve seen this season. Temperatures in some northern locales could bottom out around -30° Wednesday night. Daytime highs on Thursday will only be in the single numbers either side of zero.


More snow is possible for the end of the week. Low pressure is forecast to develop off the Mid-Atlantic coastline Thursday morning and pass just south of New England and south of Nova Scotia later Thursday into Friday. This track will have us on the northern edge of the storm with the storm’s heaviest precipitation staying offshore. That being said, we’ll still see the potential for significant snowfall here especially for areas south of Greenville and Millinocket. The storm is still several days away and like always the amount of snow will depend on the exact track of the storm so we’ll keep an eye on this and issue more details as we get closer.


Rest of Today: early snow showers possible then brightening skies and turning colder. Highs between 20°-31°, warmest along the coast. Temperatures will fall into the teens and low 20s by late in the day. Northwest wind 10-15 MPH.


Tonight: clear to partly cloudy. Lows between -15° north to -2° along the coast. Northwest wind 5-10 MPH. Wind chill factors will feel as low as -35° in some northern areas.


Tuesday: becoming cloudy. Snow showers possible at night. Cold with highs between 0°-14°, coldest north. Light and variable wind.


Wednesday: partly to mostly sunny. Cold with highs between 2°-16°.


Thursday: mostly cloudy with snow developing. Frigid with highs only reaching the single digits below zero north to single numbers above zero elsewhere.


Friday: morning snow and snow showers tapering off followed by brightening skies during the afternoon. Frigid with highs near 0° north and single numbers to near 10° elsewhere.




Todd Simcox


WABI TV 5 & The CW