From the TV 5 Forecast Center:
High pressure will move overhead today giving us lots of sunshine. Temperatures will remain a bit below average with highs in the upper teens to mid-20s this afternoon. High pressure will slide east of the region tonight allowing clouds ahead of our next storm system to being moving into the region. We’ll start under clear skies tonight with clouds increasing late. Lows will range from the single numbers north to low and mid-teens closer to the coast.
Low pressure is forecast to travel northward along the east coast from the Carolina coastline Thursday morning to the Gulf of Maine Friday morning then into the Bay of Fundy later Friday. This storm is forecast to bring us significant precipitation which is expected to fall as all snow for most of the state with the exception being areas from Bangor south to the coast where the snow will likely mix with some sleet and possibly freezing rain. Areas closer to the coast will have a better chance to change to all rain for a time Thursday night and early Friday morning which will keep snowfall accumulation lower for coastal areas. A slight shift southward in the storm track will make a big difference with precipitation types along the coast so stay tuned to future forecasts in case the track changes. Precipitation will wind down Friday morning followed by drier weather Friday afternoon. Accumulations are expected to range from 4”-8” along the Downeast coastline down thru the Midcoast region; 6”-12” expected across most of the rest of the state; 8”-14” possible from Vanceboro to Lincoln to Millinocket and up to Houlton.
Upper level energy moving through the Great Lakes region will cause a new storm to develop off the east coast Friday night. This new storm will then travel northward towards eastern Nova Scotia, staying far enough offshore to only give us some snow showers to start the weekend. If the storm tracks closer to New England then we could see some steadier snowfall Saturday but the thinking now is that the storm will remain offshore and we’ll just see some scattered snow showers around the state. Drier, brighter and colder weather will move in for Sunday. The next storm is forecast to arrive Tuesday.
Rest of Today: lots of sunshine. Cold with highs between 18°-28°. Northwest wind 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: clear start followed by increasing clouds late. Lows between 3°-16°, coldest north. Light south wind becoming southeast.
Thursday: becoming cloudy with snow developing during the afternoon. Some mixed precipitation possible along the coast. Highs between 28°-37°. Southeast wind 5-15 MPH becoming northeast.
Friday: snow and mix tapers off during the morning then mostly cloudy. Highs in the 30s.
Saturday: mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s to mid-30s.
Sunday: morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine. Colder with highs in the mid-teens to low 20s.
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