Winter drags on
The pattern the region is in right now isn't going away any time soon. There is just enough cold air hanging around over Quebec to cause snow threats to continue for the foreseeable future. As we saw on Thursday, interior areas of Washington County & southern Aroostook picked up as much as 9" of snow. While I am not predicting that possibility with this quick moving weekend event, you should be on notice that wherever you are in Maine, the snow shovels should not be put away anytime soon. Winter isn't over yet, and it appears from the longer range view, spring will be slow coming, especially for the mountains and north.
This system coming through Friday night into early Saturday appears to be a quick hitter. There is not much moisture with this. For western and southern areas, it will be over soon after daylight Saturday morning. For eastern and northern areas, the last flakes or rain drops will fall by around noon.
Again, this will be a higher elevation event, for the most part. A couple of inches are possible for the ski hills. Northern areas may pick up the same amount, along with interior Washington County. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing everywhere, with 30s for the north and mountains, 40s for eastern areas, and 50s for southern areas. Whatever falls, is likely to melt in the afternoon.
We'll play this game again Monday into Tuesday
A scene which has repeated itself over and over again for much of the winter is possible to start next week. Low pressure over the Great Lakes pulls a warm front up from the south. Cold air to the north has precipitation start as snow over the interior. Since this is April, it does have a better chance of ending as rain for most of the region.
Regional outlook through Tuesday
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