Quick hitter to dump snow
While this storm will not last long, it will bring a snowy punch to the state. The combination of upper level energy to the northwest, a southern stream pumping in rich moisture out ahead of it puts Maine in the cross hairs. While the traditional morning drive time will be alright, it will goes down hill rather quick as we head into the afternoon.
Don't let the suggested precipitation outlook from the NAM model here fool you, this is on track to be a full on snow event. What is green and yellow indicating rain is likely by-in-large to be blue with snow being the rule.
As quickly as the storm comes, it will end. Southern areas see snow end by mid-evening Wednesday night, with far northern areas seeing the last of the snow showers exiting before daylight on Thursday.
Wednesday evening drive to be impacted
Again, the morning drive looks good, but from around noon onward, snow intensifies and falls rapidly. Snowfall rates in the 1-2+" range are likely as the evening drive approaches. As much as 6-8" of fresh snow is likely to be on the ground over southern areas as we approach 6 PM. For the Bangor area, expect 3-5" down by evening.
A bit of wind to reduce visibility
In conjunction with the heavy snowfall comes a breeze to go with it. While certainly not a blizzard, it will be windy enough to cause whiteout conditions in areas as the snow rapidly falls.
Wind will also play a role into Thursday on the backside of the system, which is likely to cause blowing and drifting of snow through the day. Gusts could range in the 30-35 mph range across much of the region.
All in all, as solid snow event for most of the region with 8-14" likely for much of the state. The northwest crown around the Allagash appears to be on the light end of this one. The extreme southwest coast in York County and the DownEast shorelines may see a bit of a mix or wetter snow from a coastal front which may knock totals down there a bit.
The next system of concern appears Sunday and that could be a warm event for the coast. Stay in touch with the forecast for the latest on that.
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