Snowy, Windy & Cold Today, Brightening Skies Wednesday

Todd Simcox

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From the TV 5 Forecast Center:

Strong low pressure centered near Cape Cod this morning will slowly move towards Nova Scotia today. Snow will continue to spread northward across Maine this morning and will fall heavily at times throughout the day. With high pressure to our north and strong low pressure to our south, the pressure gradient over the area will be tight resulting in strong, gusty winds today. North/northeast winds will average 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50-55 MPH possible along the coast and gusts to 40 MPH possible inland. Temperatures will top off in the teens for most spots so with temps in the teens with gusty north/northeast winds, we’ll see wind chills near or below 0° all day. Snow will continue to fall tonight although it will lighten up as the night wears on.

Lingering light snow and snow showers will wind down Wednesday morning as the storm slowly pulls away from the area. We’ll see brightening skies during the afternoon as high pressure builds in from the west. Accumulating snow will be done by mid-morning for most, if not all, locations. By that point, snowfall accumulations are expected to range from 13”-20” along and south of a line from around Danforth to Dexter to Bethel; 8”-14” north of that line up to a line stretching from Van Buren to far northern Somerset County including areas such as Rumford, Jackman, Rangeley, Farmington, Dover-Foxcroft, Greenville, Millinocket, Houlton and Caribou; 4”-8” over the remainder of the state (northwest Aroostook County, far northern Piscataquis County, far northern Somerset County). Most areas will be on the lower to middle end of those snowfall ranges. The highest amounts will be along the coast where we could see some isolated totals over 20”.

High pressure will build in and give us a break on Thursday. We’ll see morning sunshine giving way to increasing clouds during the day. Temperatures on Thursday will reach the 20s for highs. Another area of low pressure is forecast to approach the area Friday and could give us more snow to end the week. There are some differences amongst the computer data but still a few days before the storm gets here so once we get through today’s storm, we’ll fine tune the forecast for Friday. At this point, it doesn’t look too bad but should be another plowable snow for some especially over central and eastern parts of the state. Colder, arctic air will follow that storm making for a very cold upcoming weekend.

Today: snow, heavy at times. Highs between 10°-22°. North/northeast wind 20-30 MPH with higher gusts to 40 MPH possible inland and 50-55 MPH possible along the coast. Wind chills will be near or below 0° all day. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Tonight: periods of snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Lows between 3°-13°. North wind 15-25 MPH.

Wednesday: lingering light snow and snow showers ending during the morning then clearing during the afternoon. Highs between 16°-23°. Northwest wind 10-20 MPH.

Thursday: increasing clouds. Highs in the 20s.

Friday: mostly cloudy with snow likely. Highs in the upper 20s to mid-30s.

Saturday: lingering light snow and snow showers ending early then brightening skies during the afternoon. Colder with highs in the upper single numbers to mid-teens.

Todd Simcox
Meteorologist
WABI TV 5 & The CW

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