From the TV 5 Forecast Center:
***Forecast update as of noontime Wednesday…. shifted the steadier snow eastward and dropped the snowfall totals slightly based on the latest data coming into the weather office… details below. ***
Strong low pressure will pass south and east of our area this afternoon and head towards the eastern tip of Nova Scotia by later tonight. This track will keep the heaviest snow over Hancock and Washington County with lighter amounts as you travel westward from there. Snow will continue this afternoon mainly from Bangor and points eastward with just some occasional light snow or snow showers expected west of Bangor. North/northwest winds will be strong and gusty this afternoon with average wind speeds between 15-30 MPH and gusts to 50-60 MPH Downeast and up to 40 MPH elsewhere, creating blizzard conditions at times throughout Hancock and Washington Counties. Criteria for blizzard conditions are: winds sustained or frequently 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 this evening as the storm moves to our east. Snowfall totals by this evening will range from 6”-12” with a few 13″ or 14″ spots possible over the eastern half of Hancock county and all of Washington County; 3”-6” for southern Aroostook County (Houlton Area) down through east-central Penobscot County (Lincoln area), and to western parts of Hancock County (from Ellsworth westward); 1”-3” from northeastern Aroostook county (Caribou area) down through the Millinocket and Bangor areas, and south to the Midcoast region. Scattered snow showers expected across the rest of the state with little or no accumulation expected. Skies will clear out tonight as a ridge of high pressure builds towards the area. Nighttime temperatures will drop to the single numbers and teens for overnight lows.
Our weather will be quiet for Thursday as a ridge of high pressure slides into the area. We’ll start with plenty of sunshine during the morning followed by increasing clouds during the afternoon. Temperatures will remain below average Thursday with highs in the mid-20s to low 30s. Weak low pressure is forecast to pass just north of the state on Friday, allowing milder air to move into the region and giving us some snow and mix over northern areas and mixed precipitation changing to rain elsewhere. Temps on Friday will top off in the upper 30s to low 40s. High pressure returns to the forecast giving us a nice start to the weekend with sunshine and seasonable temperatures on Saturday. Low pressure will pass to our south on Sunday and could give us some more snow and possibly some mixed precipitation mainly for areas south of Greenville and Millinocket.
Rest of Today: periods of snow Bangor eastward, heaviest over Hancock and Washington Counties with occasional light snow and snow showers expected elsewhere. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Highs between 27°-33°. North/northwest wind 15-30 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH possible across most of the state, up to 50-60 MPH Downeast.
Tonight: lingering light snow and snow showers ending early then clearing skies. Lows between 2°-16°. Northwest wind diminishing to 10-20 MPH.
Thursday: increasing clouds and breezy. Highs between 24°-32°. West/northwest wind 10-18 MPH.
Friday: snow and mix north, mix to rain elsewhere. Milder with highs between 39°-45°.
Saturday: mostly sunny during the morning then increasing clouds during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Sunday: partly sunny north, mostly cloudy elsewhere. Snow and mixed precipitation possible mainly south of Greenville and Millinocket. Highs in the mid-30s.
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