The wind will be a concern for the region beginning Friday morning through early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a wind advisory for northern and eastern Maine. For now, it scheduled to go into effect at 5 AM and expire at 8 PM Friday, but that may be extended as peak gusts appear to occur in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Gusts around 50 mph are possible. Spotty power outages are very likely.
A wind advisory may also be issued for the western mountains and foothills.
The wind will slowly diminish during the day on Saturday, A light breeze appears to continue into Sunday.
The wind chill indices will be another issue with this system. Higher elevations are likely to flirt with the 0° mark, single digits for the foothills and Great North Woods, with teens elsewhere.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the rooftop of the state from 1 AM to 10 AM Friday. Snow showers and squalls along with the wind are likely to cause brief whiteout conditions, and may make driving hazardous at times across the entire state. After the initial first wave Friday morning, a trailing front may kick up more snow showers and squalls Friday night, primarily in the north and mountains.
The 7-Day Outlook has been updated as of Thursday morning. Click on that tab for the information there.