A WINTER STORM WARNING is up for today into Monday. Heavy, wet snow is likely in these areas and will accumulate to between 6-12″. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been posted due to the likelihood for sleet, freezing rain, and snow in the areas away from the coast. Areas also the coast are under a FLOOD WATCH because of the heavy rain (over 2″ possible) that is expected over the next day and a half. (The colors in Canada are snowfall warnings and off the coast are marine gale watches.)
It looks like coastal areas will stay completely rain with temps in the mid 30s for the entirety of the storm. The greater Bangor area into the Augusta/Waterville area will see mostly mixed precipitation with sleet and freezing rain for almost the whole event. Farther north we will see a mix of freezing rain/sleet and snow. Millinocket looks to fall into this category with 6-8” of snow falling with a changeover to sleet and freezing rain. The best way to describe this storm is messy. Things will start to tape off by Sunday evening with another round of precip coming for southern and coastal locations into the day on Monday.
*Remember “freezing rain clings and sleet pings”. The worst is the freezing rain which can turn roads into ice skating rinks in a matter of minutes. We will be seeing some of this, but I am optimistic in thinking that since it was so warm today the surfaces have warmed up quite a bit and things won’t be as bad as that storm we had back in January. However, you should be ready for extremely difficult travel across most of the state.
*The other issue will be flooding. With warmer temps and potentially over two inches of precip on the way, you can be there will be some flooding issues. Many storm drains are clogged at this point so in addition to the icy roads we could see flooded streets.
Highs Sunday range from 30-40° and highs Monday will be in the upper 30s and low 40s again which is seasonable for this time of year.
By Tuesday thing clear out as a ridge of high pressure takes control of the weather. We’ll again see highs in the upper 30s and low 40s but with mostly sunny skies. Wednesday will be similar but with partly cloudy skies as a low passes to our northwest. Thursday looks a bit milder with highs in the mid 40s with a mix of sun and clouds.
Today: Highs 30° – 40° with mixed precip for most of the day. All rain at the coast and all snow north of Millinocket and Greenville.
Monday: Highs from 36° – 42° with some mixed precip along the coast and into inland sections.
Tuesday: Highs from 37° – 43° with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: Highs 37° – 43° with partly sunny skies.
Thursday: Highs 42° – 48°. Mild with partly sunny skies.
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