A snowy Thanksgiving for areas of Maine
The early winter feel continues
As I reported here last night, we've dealt with far worse Thanksgiving storms. Looking over guidance, the thought that came to mind as far as travel and clean up concerns was "annoying". Ski country will get a little bit out of this one, but the best area for snow will be further north. The next storm could be the one that makes all of Maine white to start next week.
Far north gets grazed Tuesday
A storm running across central Quebec clips northern areas with some light snow and/or rain showers Tuesday afternoon. Areas that see snow may get an inch, if that. The system will bring some clouds in areas more than anything. Any precipitation ends by evening.
Thanksgiving storm to be felt into the weekend
Wednesday sees clouds on the increase, with precipitation breaking out over southern areas Wednesday afternoon, and will expand north and east through Wednesday night. This storm continues to be warm in nature, thus less impacts for the foothills and interior DownEast areas as compared to the previous event. The Colorado Low transfers energy from the Great Lakes to form a coastal low in the Gulf of Maine and then intensifies in the Canadian Maritimes and stalls out. The result of that post storm is a cold, stiff breeze that will continue into the weekend.
No real changes to the snowfall idea posted here Monday evening. Ski country is likely to see some sleet and perhaps some freezing rain in the valleys. The highest peaks should remain all snow.
The one thing I may revise is accumulation for eastern Maine. The storm runs into blocking upstream, which slows it down into Thanksgiving Day. I will advise and update as warranted.
The next one comes to start the week
I don't normally like to get the cart too far ahead of the horse as guidance beyond 5 days has proven to be a real challenge at times. Guidance is in good agreement on a potential storm to start next week, and has maintained that idea enough to put it out there. This could be an all snow or mainly snow event statewide. The cold air from the Thanksgiving storm that stalls near Newfoundland into the weekend sets the table for it. I will update on this one in the coming days.
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