Flash Freeze Tonight, Partly Sunny, Blustery & Cold Tuesday 

From the WABI-TV5 & CW Forecast Center:


The strong storm system that moved up to the west of New England today helped pull a very mild airmass into our region on a strong and gusty southerly breeze. A west to northwest breeze behind the storms trailing cold front has begun to usher a fresh batch of arctic air back into Maine  and any leftover standing water will be freezing up solid . Any leftover showers this evening will change to snow, but most of the storms precipitation has already ended and only a few flurries will likely fall as we progress through the night. By daybreak tomorrow the temp will range from near zero over the western Maine mountains to the mid teens along the immediate coastline. Walkways and roadways may become quite slick as the temps plunge tonight.

The combination of the strong storm lifting northeast through central Quebec and a large ridge of high pressure moving east across the central U.S. will bring a gusty wind to Maine tomorrow and Wednesday. The gusty wind will continue to pull the arctic air to our west across our region the next few days. High temps Tuesday will range from the high single numbers north to the teens south, with temps Wednesday just a couple of degrees milder.

Temps will moderate a bit Thursday and Friday as the high moves offshore and a southwest breeze develops here. A front approaching from the west and a disturbance moving up from the south might bring some light rain and snow to our region over the weekend. Temps late this week and weekend will run a few to several degrees above normal.


Tonight: Any early showers changing to snow, then partly cloudy, blustery and turning much colder, with low temps in the single numbers to mid teens from north to south.


Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with mountain flurries, blustery and frigid, with high temps in the high single digits to high teens.


Wednesday: Partly sunny, with high temps in the teens to low 20s.


Thursday: Partly sunny, with high temps in the high teens north and 20s south.


Friday: Partly sunny, with high temps in the mid 20s to low 30s.


Saturday: Mostly cloudy, rain and snow showers possible and rather mild, with high temps in the 30s.

Chris Ewing

WABI-TV5 & CW Meteorologist