Sun to Increasing Clouds & Not As Cold Today, Snow & Wind Likely Wednesday 

From the TV 5 Forecast Center:


High pressure moving to our east will hang on to give us some sunshine today. Clouds will gradually increase this afternoon as low pressure approaches from the south. There may be a few isolated snow showers but otherwise we’ll see a dry day today. Temperatures will be a bit warmer than yesterday with highs in the mid-20s to low 30s. Clouds will continue to thicken tonight with lows dropping to the teens to most locales.


Strong low pressure is forecast to pass to the east of New England and head towards the eastern tip of Nova Scotia during the day Wednesday. Based on this track, the heaviest snow will fall over Hancock and Washington County during the day Wednesday with lighter amounts as you travel westward from there. Snow will develop during the morning hours with the steadiest/heaviest snow falling east of Bangor with light snow and snow showers expected elsewhere. North/northwest winds will be very strong throughout the day with average wind speeds between 15-30 MPH and gusts to 55 MPH Downeast and up to 40 MPH elsewhere, creating blizzard conditions in spots. Blizzard conditions are met when winds are sustained or gusting to 35 miles per hour or higher, combined with falling or blowing snow, reducing visibilities to ¼ mile or less. Snow will wind down during the evening hours as the storm moves to our east. Snowfall totals by Wednesday evening will range from 8”-12” over central and coastal Washington County; 4”-8” over Hancock County, northern Washington County, east-central Penobscot County as well as far southern Aroostook County; 1”-3” from northeastern Aroostook county down through much of Penobscot county including Millinocket and the Greater Bangor area and then down to the Midcoast area; a dusting to 1” expected elsewhere.


Our weather will be quiet for Thursday as a ridge of high pressure slides into the area. Weak low pressure is forecast to pass just north of the state on Friday giving us some snow and mix over northern areas and mixed precipitation changing to rain elsewhere. Milder air will move in for the end of the week too with temps on Friday topping off in the upper 30s to mid-40s. High pressure returns to the forecast to start the weekend with sunshine and seasonable temperatures on Saturday.



Rest of Today: mostly sunny this morning then becoming partly sunny during the afternoon. A few isolated snow showers possible. Not as cold. Highs between 25°-33°. Southwest wind 5-10 MPH.


Tonight: partly to mostly cloudy. Snow showers possible along the coast late. Lows between 9°-18°. Winds will become northeast 5-10 MPH.


Wednesday: mostly cloudy with snow developing during the morning especially from Bangor points east, snow showers expected elsewhere. Snow could be heavy at times Downeast. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Highs between 27°-34°. North/northwest wind 15-30 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH possible, up to 55 MPH Downeast.


Thursday: increasing clouds. Highs between 23°-32°.


Friday: snow and mix north, mix to rain elsewhere. Milder with highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s.


Saturday: mostly sunny during the morning then increasing clouds during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s.



Todd Simcox


WABI TV 5 & The CW