From the TV 5 Forecast Center:
Skies will brighten up this afternoon as low pressure moves away from the state. Temperatures will be milder today with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s so any snow that you have received last night and this morning will likely melt away.
Our focus will then be on the significant winter storm heading our way for Wednesday and Thursday. The latest storm track has shifted further north and the storm is now expected to cross southern New England Wednesday night then through the Gulf of Maine and into the Bay of Fundy during the day Thursday. This more northerly track means that warmer air will work into coastal areas and areas just inland, causing varying types of precipitation during the storm while areas further north see precipitation fall as all snow. Any change in the track will make a big difference in snowfall accumulations so being that the storm is still over 24 hours away, stay tuned to further updates for any changes.
Wednesday will start dry with thickening clouds during the morning. Snow will develop from west to east from late morning through the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the 30s to near 40° for highs so we could see a little mixed precipitation as well, especially along the coast. Snow and mix will pick up in intensity and become heavy at times Wednesday night. Snow and mix will likely change to rain along the coast for a time Wednesday night then change back to mix then snow towards daybreak Thursday as colder air moves in on the backside of the storm. Snow will taper to snow showers from west to east across the state on Thursday. Temperatures will be much colder Thursday with highs only reaching the mid-teens to low 20s. Snowfall totals will range from 10”-20” along and north of a line from southern Aroostook County to Dover-Foxcroft to Rumford; 6”-12” down to a line from Calais to Bangor to Lewiston; 3”-6” for the rest of the state away from the immediate coast and outer islands where only 1”-3” are expected. These amounts are very dependent on the exact storm track so any change in the storm track will make a big difference in the accumulation forecast so we’ll make sure to keep you posted if any changes occur.
Drier weather will return to the forecast to end the workweek Friday. We’ll see partly to mostly sunny skies to start the day Friday followed by increasing clouds during the afternoon as weak low pressure approaches the region. Friday’s temperatures will reach the 20s for highs. The weak area of low pressure is forecast to move through the state on Saturday bringing us some scattered rain and snow showers. Temperatures to start the weekend are expected to top off in the mid-30s to low 40s.
Rest of Today: brightening skies. Milder with highs between 36°-44°. Winds will become west 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: partly cloudy. Increasing clouds late. Lows between 17°-27°. Light and variable wind.
Wednesday: thickening clouds. Snow developing during the afternoon and evening. Mix possible along the coast. Highs between 30°-39°. Winds will become northeast 5-15 MPH.
Thursday: periods of snow tapering to snow showers. Some mixed precipitation possible early near and along the coast. Much colder with highs between 14°-24°.
Friday: increasing clouds. Highs in the 20s.
Saturday: mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers possible. Milder with highs in the mid-30s to low 40s.
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