A strong NorEaster to clip the region
A storm rapidly develops off the coast of the Carolina's on Tuesday and then races northeastward to bring some impacts to the state for Wednesday. All areas appear to start off with snow, and then all but northern areas change to rain as the storm passes into the Canadian Maritimes.
The storm exits western and southern areas by midday on Wednesday, northern and eastern areas by Wednesday night. Snow showers may persist for northern, western and eastern areas into Thursday morning.
Snow starts in the wee hours of Wednesday for western and southern areas, and then change to rain by around mid-morning. Snow begins in eastern and northern areas around daybreak to around 8 AM. Accumulations are currently expected to be light for most of the region, with a plowable portion possible for eastern Aroostook and Washington Counties.
This is track dependent. A better idea on accumulations and impacts will come on Tuesday.
The wind blows again Thursday
The storm tracks towards Newfoundland and brings a blizzard to eastern Quebec. On the back side, Maine will deal with some snow showers and a gusty northwesterly wind for Thursday. All areas can expect wind gusts around 30 mph and could go as high as 50 mph in the higher terrain. This may bring some spotty power outages in areas.
With the wind pattern direction from the northwest, the wind chill returns once again with indices in the 10s for the mountains and north, 20s for the western foothills into interior Washington County.
Regional outlook through Saturday
Another storm system approaches the region Friday night into Saturday, which may bring another round of light snow for the interior and rain showers for the coast. The area of low pressure skirts eastward Saturday morning, bringing a few rain showers to eastern Maine before moving east. Confidence is low on this idea for now as there are varying model ideas. I will update on this as the week unfolds.
Winter is not quite over yet.
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