Storm moves east, wind picks up
The forecast radar loop here from 5 AM until midnight shows the state on the backside of the storm. As the storm moves east, it will take the precipitation along with it. Other than snow upslope snow showers continuing over the mountains, the last of the rain drops and/or snowflakes end over the Eastport / Machias region by mid-afternoon.
Folks travelling today need to stay mindful of the colder air moving into the region. Watch the vehicle thermometer closely, and take 5° off the reading to adjust to potential surface temperature.
As the storm heads east, it will intensify and bring gusty wind along with it. It will be both hands on the wheel for any highway driving through the evening. Areas where there is powder snow will deal with blowing and drifting, which will cause slick spots and potential brief whiteout conditions.
Friday and Saturday will be breezy and chilly as the storm stalls south of Newfoundland. Sunday will be on the cold side, but less windy, with clouds on the increase ahead of the next storm to start next week.
Storm could be a player for parts of three days
Still too early to get into a whole lot of detail on this one, other than the fact guidance has indicated for a couple of days that this is likely to happen. To no surprise, the solutions vary as to how this will play out. With the cold air being dragged down from the north thanks to the Thanksgiving storm stalling out to the east, that ingredient indicates the potential for more frozen precipitation type. Track and intensity will dictate whether the storm is all snow, or a potential mix for coastal areas. The storm could be slow in moving out, with blocking to the north and east, and could play a factor in how long it hangs around.
I will update on this on Friday.
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