Bright & Chilly Thursday, Snow Returns Friday

Chris Ewing

Updated 2 hours ago

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From the WABI-TV5 & CW Forecast Center:

 

The powerful nor’easter that brought all the wind and snow to New England yesterday into early today continues to slowly lift northeast through the Canadian Maritimes. As the storm departs to the northeast tonight, the winds across Maine will continue to die off and the sky will become mostly clear. The combination of a deep snowpack, clearing skies, and a diminishing wind, will allow temps to dip down to below zero over much of the Pine Tree State by tomorrow morning.

High pressure will approach and then cross New England tomorrow. The high will bring our region mostly sunny skies and a rather light breeze tomorrow as it moves through New England and then passes offshore towards evening.  As the high departs off to our east tomorrow night clouds ahead of our next storm system will begin to slip into Maine. The next storm system will be rather weak and moisture starved tomorrow, but will begin to grow stronger early Friday as upper level energy is injected into the storm system.

The storm will begin to spread light snow across our region later tomorrow night or early Friday morning. On Friday the initial storm will begin to die out over western New England as a new storm begins to develop just east of Cape Cod. The new storm will quickly intensify later Friday as it moves up into the Gulf of Maine. Light snow Friday morning will give way to steadier and heavier snow by Friday evening. Along the coastline the snow may briefly mix with, or change to, rain before changing back to snow, but the bulk of this storm looks like it’ll be snow.

How quickly the storm develops in the Gulf of Maine will determine how much snow our region receives. The steadiest and heaviest snow will likely occur Friday night into early Saturday morning, with eastern and northeastern parts of the state likely seeing the heaviest accumulations. The snow will wind down Saturday morning in all but far northeastern parts of the state. Strong northwest winds on the backside of the storm will usher another shot of arctic air into the region and high temperatures on Saturday will likely hold in the teens.

High pressure will bring fair and cold weather to the Pine Tree State on Superbowl Sunday. Another storm moving across the country may impact the New England regions with more snow Monday or Monday night, but there is still a good chance the storm will pass by to our south with little, if any, impact on our region.

More bitterly cold arctic air will spill into the Northeast for the middle of next week with northern parts of Maine likely remaining at zero or below for highs by Tuesday or Wednesday. The active weather pattern will likely continue through the end of next week with no mild air in sight.

 

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear with diminishing winds with lows from -8 to +8.

 

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light wind, and highs in the 20s.

 

Tomorrow Night: Increasing clouds with light snow possible by daybreak Friday and lows in the teens.

 

Friday: Periods of snow may briefly mix with rain at the coast. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s.

 

Friday night: Snow and wind. Snow may be heavy at times. Lows in the upper single numbers to mid teens.

 

Saturday: Early snow tapers off. Blustery and cold. Highs in the teens to near 20.

 

Sunday: Sunny and cold with temps in the upper single numbers and teens.

 

Monday: Variably cloudy with a chance of snow. Cold. Temps in the single digits to lower teens.

 

Chris Ewing

WABI-TV5 & CW Meteorologist

 

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