Central and Southern Maine Weather


RAIN, SNOW, AND WIND

All eyes remain on the track and intensity of a strengthening storm this weekend.   Wind will lead headlines with gusts as high as 55 mph possible on Sunday.  Our strongest winds will likely occur over the eastern part of the region from Penobscot Bay – Downeast.  Gusts of 35 to 45 mph will be common for the rest of the area.  Precipitation timing, intensity, and type should be another adventure in this forecast.  A deep trough of low pressure has been carved out by the Jetstream along the eastern half of the US.  It’s strong for this time of year and will result in a sizable storm along the eastern seaboard.  It’s looking like the precipitation will come in two distinctive burst  as two surface areas of low pressure track north. The first will bring a period of rain to the area during the course of the day Saturday.  The only chance for snow early in the weekend will be over the higher elevations over 1500 feet.  Winds will become gusty but not extreme out of the northeast.   Colder temperatures will filter into the area Saturday night into Sunday. A transition from rain to snow will occur from north to south during that period.   Accumulations will not be much but a few to several inches are possible in Central Maine and Mountains.  Around a half foot is possible over portions of eastern and northern Maine.  Any leftover snow and rain will end during the course of the day Sunday. Winds will become strong late in the weekend.  Sunday night will most likely be the coldest night of the season so far with most towns dipping into the 20s.  Temperatures will moderate next week.

 

Charlie Lopresti-Chief Meteorologist

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Timing:  A cold rain arrives on Saturday.  A changeover to snow will happen Saturday night into Sunday and then we'll be left with snow over eastern zones Sunday.

 

Precip Type:  We start as a cold rain on Saturday with the higher elevations in the mountains seeing a mix of rain and snow.  During Saturday night we see the rain change to snow first in the north and mountains, then the hills, and eventually all the way to the coast by morning. 

 

Snow Amount:  Generally light accumulations with a coating to 2" possible (esp. inalnd and mountains).  Several inches are possible central Maine and interior mid-coast.  Parts of eastern and northern Maine could see over a half foot.

 

Wind:  Winds will become strong and gusty Saturday night and Sunday with frequent gusts between 30 mph and 50 mph.  Some  power outages are possible.

 

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TONIGHT:  Cloudy skies. Chance of spotty showers after midnight.  Lows 35 to 41.  NE winds 5 to 10 mph.



SATURDAY:  Cloudy with rain developing.  Some snow/wintry mix over the higher elevations in the mountains.  Highs 40 to 4.  NE winds 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Rain changing to snow from north to south. Very windy. Lows 31 to 35.  N winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts 30 to 40 mph.

SUNDAY: Snow and rain ending from west to east.  Additional accumulations are possible over eastern areas.  Highs 36 to 42.  Strong northerly winds gusting 40 to 50 mph.



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