Another mixed bag of precipitation Tuesday; bitter cold Wednesday; storm to end the week
Another messy day
Not a whole lot of changes the forecast as I posted here last evening. Storm is on track to be a messy one and will have impacts for those traveling away from the coast.
The bulletins from the Gray and Caribou weather offices have been adjusted a bit. A Winter Storm Warning in the western mountains and a Winter Weather Advisory for the foothills and the roof top. Stay tuned with your regional office in case there are adjustments made, which could happen.
Messy morning and evening commutes
The main concern for sloppy travel for western and southern areas will be through the morning commute and improvements should come by the evening drive. Northern and eastern areas are likely to see conditions get worse as the day progresses, and will have to deal with it in the evening.
My thoughts on snow amounts haven't changed. Higher elevations get the higher amounts. It will be a sloppy wet mess that is going to freeze up tight by Wednesday morning.
Flash freeze concerns overnight into Wednesday
Near surface temperature GIF loop from the NAM model focused on 9 PM Tuesday to 7 AM Wednesday shows the temperatures plummet like a rock overnight. This will likely cause black ice on roads statewide as we head into the Wednesday morning commute. Use caution as you head out, no matter where you are, especially you early birds that hit the road before the main rush.
Expect sidewalks and parking lots to be skating rinks until treated.
Flying Frozen Trash Can Alert For Wednesday
The wind forecast is teetering on what the National Weather Service uses for Wind Advisory, so I will get out ahead of this and call for a Flying Trash Can Alert and it is going to be a frozen one. The wind chill will feel like January. Bundle up.
Friday looking snowy for the state
With the arctic blast entering the region on Wednesday, the cold will be in place for a statewide snow event for Friday. Whether that stays all snow is a subject for debate along the coast as the track hasn't been ironed out yet. One thing that was noticeable to me today was the southeasterly shift in ensemble ideas, which fits dynamics. Interior areas could get a decent snowfall out of this. I am still going with a mix for the coast for now, but the idea of this being all snow for the region won't take much more convincing if the track moves 75 miles south. Yeah, it's that close.
Regional Outlook through Saturday
Below normal cold will be with us for the foreseeable future through at least the first half of the Thanksgiving holiday. A weak clipper system may bring a mixed bag Saturday night into Sunday.
Stay tuned for forecast revisions through the week.
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