From the WABI-TV5 & CW Forecast Center:
We’re watching a couple of storms for this weekend. The first one will bring light rain and increasing winds to the area Saturday as it lifts up just to our east later in the day and evening. At this time it appears the steadiest and heaviest rain will fall over eastern parts of Maine. High temps in our area will run in the 40s, but an increasing north to northeast wind Saturday will make it feel rather raw during the afternoon and night.
As the first storm lifts off to our northeast Saturday night a second storm will have developed off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline. This second storm will rapidly intensify as it heads off to the north. An increasing northerly breeze Saturday night will usher a colder airmass into Maine so that when precipitation from storm number two arrives in Maine Sunday morning it will likely fall as a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. As the storm continues to intensify Sunday the precipitation will grow steadier and heavier and that will likely pull even colder air into our region causing much of the mixed precipitation to become mostly wet snow.
The storm center will likely remain far enough offshore to keep the heaviest rain and snow falling over eastern parts of Maine. At this time we are confident that a powerful storm will form off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline, but the exact track of the storm Sunday as it moves north during the day is still up in the air. A track further east than currently projected would cut back on the rain and snow across Maine Sunday, but a slight jog west in the storm track will lead to heavier precipitation statewide, stay tuned. If the storm tracks as currently projected much of interior Eastern Maine will see accumulating snow, with possibly enough snow to get the plows out. Again I want to reiterate any deviation to the east in the storms track will lead to less snow.
The combination of the intensifying storm to our east and high pressure to our northwest will bring a very strong and gusty wind to New England Sunday into Monday. If we see the wet snow Saturday night and Sunday the combination of the wind and snow could lead to power outages, especially across the eastern half of Maine. High pressure approaching from the northwest will bring fair and chilly conditions to Maine Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday: Rain showers developing and becoming blustery, with gusts to near 30 mph later in the day and high temps in the low to mid 40s.
Saturday: Blustery, with periods of rain, possible mixing with snow late and low temps in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
Sunday: Blustery, with mixed rain and snow likely and high temps in the 30s to around 40.
Monday: More sun than clouds, blustery and chilly, with high temps in the mid 30s to low 40s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and not as blustery, with high temps in the 40s.
Wednesday: Scattered showers likely, with high temps in the mid 40s to very low 50s.
WABI-TV5 & CW Meteorologist
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