Major Winter Storm Arrives Today, Heaviest Snow North 

From the TV 5 Forecast Center:


Areas of snow (away from the coast) and mixed precipitation/rain (along the coast) will continue to spread across the state this afternoon becoming steadier and heavier as the afternoon progresses. Temperatures will top off in the 30s to near 40° initially today then fall into the mid-20s to mid-30s from north to south across the state this afternoon. Snow will continue especially from Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln northward tonight while a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falls over the rest of the state as low pressure moves through the Gulf of Maine and pushes some slightly warmer air into coastal and inland locales. Plain rain is likely along the immediate coastline and outer islands for a time tonight too. Precipitation will be heavy at times tonight. As the storm moves by to our south tonight, much colder air will begin to filter into the state causing any mix and rain to gradually change back to snow after midnight from west to east across the state. Nighttime temperatures will bottom out in the single numbers to low and mid-teens from north to south. Northerly winds will be strong tonight too so expect areas of blowing and drifting snow.


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. The bulk of the precipitation will be done by noon time Thursday so by that time, snowfall totals will range from 12”-20” with locally higher amounts up to 24” possible along and north of a line from Northern Washington County to Dover-Foxcroft to Rumford; lower amounts (due to snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain) of 6”-12” down to a line from Calais to Bangor to Lewiston; 3”-7” for the rest of the state away from the immediate coast and outer islands where only 1”-3” are expected.


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: snow and mix developing and becoming steadier and heavier as the afternoon progresses. Highs between 31°-41°. Light winds will become northeast and increasing to 10-20 MPH.


Tonight: periods of snow Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln northward, snow, sleet and freezing rain elsewhere. Snow and mix will be heavy at times. Much colder with lows dropping to between 2°-15°. North wind 15-30 MPH.


Thursday: periods of snow tapering to snow showers. Some mixed precipitation possible early near and along the coast. Much colder with highs between 12°-20°. Northwest wind 15-25 MPH.


Friday: increasing clouds. A few afternoon snow showers possible for northern and northwestern area. Highs in the 20s to around 30°.


Saturday: variably cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers possible. Milder with highs in the mid-30s to low 40s.


Sunday: mix of sun and clouds. Colder with highs in the mid-20s to mid-30s.



Todd Simcox


WABI TV 5 & The CW