Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories posted for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Not a night to be driving around
I will reiterate the point that I have said several times over the past few days, find a place to go for the night and stay there. It's New Year's Eve, aka Amateur Night, and it's going to be a stormy one. Find a hotel or inn, stay with friends, family, or mates, and don't drive tonight. Party responsibly and safe.
Timing bumped ahead a bit
Model simulation radar starting at 6 PM Monday night shows precipitation overspreading the southwest half of the region by midnight and most of the rest of the state by 2 AM. Road conditions will deteriorate as the night progresses. Travel conditions will begin to improve after sunrise over southern areas, mid-morning for western and eastern areas, and early to mid-afternoon for northern areas.
Snow prediction tweaked a hair
I've adjusted expected snowfall amounts for coastal areas as cold air may hold on a bit longer and allow for an inch or two of accumulation before the changeover to rain. While the southwest coast, the shorelines of the MidCoast and DownEast are not under any sort of storm bulletin as of 5 AM Monday, roads are likely to be greasy with the combination of snow, a brief mix and then rain through the overnight hours.
Updates from me for the remainder of the day can be found on my Twitter feed.
For the latest official forecasts, bulletins and advisories, please check in with the National Weather Service in Gray for western and southern areas, or Caribou for northern and eastern parts of Maine.
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