1"+ snowfall rates per hour through the day
Storm Prediction Center issued a mesoscale discussion indicating the potential for 1"+ per hour snowfall rates as the storm works through Maine Friday morning. Accidents on the Turnpike and slide offs were reported in several locales in the wee hours of the day. Expect reduced visibility and slick roads with improvement later this afternoon over western and southern areas, and for northern and eastern areas this evening.
No changes to the projected snowfall amounts. There could be some light amounts of sleet and or freezing rain that will mix in, and perhaps some rain showers on the immediate shorelines. Wind picks up this afternoon for coastal areas which may add to travel concerns with brief whiteout conditions possible. Once the second wave of light snow passes through northern, western, and eastern Maine this evening, the wind will increase and may cause some blowing and drifting of snow in the overnight hours and through most of the day Saturday. The higher elevations may see some snow showers and squalls through Saturday afternoon.
Outlook through Thanksgiving
A weak clipper appears to bring a mixed bag of precipitation to the state to start the work week, but at this point, precipitation amounts appear light. An upper level trough may bring some snow showers to northern areas Thanksgiving Day. Other than that, it will be cold as temperatures run well below normal through most of the period.
Outlook through Wednesday
Good news for ski country... plenty of cold to make snow!
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