BLIZZARD WARNING

Weather Forecast

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions today.

Governor LePage has declared a State of Emergency for Maine.

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Central and Southern Maine Weather


BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LIKELY TODAY

Our next winter storm will be impacting the area throughout the day.  It is looking to start off slow during the very early morning hours then pick up greatly after sunrise, unfortunately we will not be seeing anything in the way of sun today.  We will have period of very heavy snow fall which will drop visibilities extremely low to near or at whiteout conditions.  Along with the heavy snow, wind speeds will be up greatly throughout the day this will bring dangerously low wind chill values, which look to be 10 to possibly 20 below. 

Expect snow to move in late tonight from south to north. The heaviest bands of snow will likely occur from 6AM through 2PM Tuesday. During that period snowfall rates should be one to three inches per hour at times. The storm will stall for a period to our south which will keep snow around Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning but it will become lighter.

In a perfect world of forecasting, the snow would fall and accumulate to a nice one to two feet for most of the state. In reality, due to the strong winds, snow totals will likely be highly variable. Much like the blizzard on Feb 8th and 9th 2013, drifts of three feet may occur on the south side of your house, while only a few inches may be measured on the north or northeast side. For that reason snow totals will be an adventure tomorrow. Here's our best estimate.

Winds will be strongest from 2AM through about 7PM. During that period frequent north to northeasterly gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph are likely, esp. coast and higher elevations.

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TIMING:  Snow has arrived and will continue through early Wednesday morning. Heaviest should be a period between 6AM and 2PM.

PRECIP TYPE: All snow. Temperatures look cold in the upper single digits and teens. Therefore the consistency will be a fluffy but wind blown snow.

HOW MUCH:  Most towns should pick up one to two feet of snow. Heaviest snow totals will likely occur over extreme southern and coastal Maine and New Hampshire.

WIND:  North to northeasterly winds will gust 40 to 50 mph. That in combination with heavy snow should lead to blizzard conditions.

TEMPERATURES: This storm will be a cold one.  It's looking like day time temperatures will stay in the single digits and low teens for  most.  That will make for a fluffy snow.  Wind Chills will be below zero.

BLIZZARD WARNING, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Blizzard Warnings are issued when the following conditions are expected.  Heavy snow reducing visibilities to ¼ mile or less, winds sustained or frequent gusts of 35 mph, and occurring for three hours or more.

POWER OUTAGES:  Strong winds gusting 40 to 50 mph may produce power outages but I don't anticipate they'll be widespread.  The reason being the dry fluffy nature of the snow will not stick to tree limbs and power lines. Also the ground is frozen with no leaves on the trees.

COASTAL FLOODING: Tides are relatively low in the astronomical cycle however prolonged northeasterly winds will build seas of 25 to 30 feet offshore.  This may be enough to produce minor flooding around the times of high tide. Beach erosion and splash over are likely.  At Portland high tide is 10.0 feet at 4:20 am Tuesday, 9.1 feet at 4:53 am Tuesday and 9.8 ft at 5:23 am Wednesday. 

A MEMORABLE 10 DAYS AHEAD
Tuesday's storm is not the only one we have in the 7 day forecast. More accumulating snow (possibly moderate to heavy) is possible on Friday. And yet another storm will be near us early next week.  In addition, tempeatures will become very cold with highs struggling to get out of the single digits tomorrow and again next week.  I think by the end of the winter, folks will look back on this period as the most extreme of the winter. 

Amanda Jellig - Meteorologist

 



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TUESDAY:  Snow, heavy at times.  Very windy.  Day time temperatures in the single digits and low teens. N to NE winds gusting over 40 mph.  Wind chills below zero.

TUESDAY NIGHT:  Snow, not as heavy.  Temperatures in the teens.

WEDNESDAY: Any left over light snow will come to an end early.  Highs in the 20s.

 



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