Prepare to feel the burn
This is cold that is going to hurt. Looking at the calendar, this is right on schedule as we head into the middle part of January. Actual temperatures really have no value here as the wind will make it feel 10° to 20° cooler, pending on region and elevation. I suspect wind chill advisories and perhaps warnings will be issued by the National Weather Service into early next week.
Blowing and drifting snow will be an issue for the interior, which may make driving hazardous due to slick roads and reduced visibility.
Whether a winter outdoor enthusiast or going between building and vehicle, you'll need to bundle up. Any areas of exposed skin could experience frost bite in a matter of minutes. Layers, gloves, boots and toques will be necessary for anytime outside.
Check your fuel tanks and/or your wood supplies. In areas of heavy snow pack, make sure all vents have been shoveled and cleared. Keep your storm supplies well stocked in case you lose power.
With below zero mornings ahead, make sure your vehicles are ready with jumper cables, dry gas, (anti-gel for diesels), a blanket, and a cell phone charger in case it is needed. For those who have AAA, you may want to check and see that your dues have been paid in case you need a jump or a tow, if necessary.
Outlook through Tuesday
A storm crossing through the nation's midsection heads out to sea to our south on Sunday, which may bring some clouds for the coast. Temperatures slowly nose northward as we start the work week. Outside of another arctic front approaching Wednesday into Thursday that may bring some snow showers over interior areas, no storms are in sight until maybe next weekend.
For the latest official forecasts, bulletins and advisories, please check in with the National Weather Service in Gray for western and southern areas, or Caribou for northern and eastern parts of Maine.
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