The morning commute appears to be clear, but the evening drive is likely to be a different story. Precipitation gets going over southern and western areas by mid to late morning. Eastern and northern areas start seeing it by early afternoon. Any snow or mix for the coastal plain appears short lived. Western areas see snow change to a light mix ending with light rain. Northern areas see mainly snow from this event. Precipitation ends from west to east Friday night into early Saturday morning.
Snowfall idea adjusted slightly
The only subtle change here from yesterday is for the Bangor region seeing less snow and more rain. I do expect interior eastern areas to see at least a few flakes out of this to start off, and perhaps see a half inch to 1" of snow before the change. The higher elevations of the western mountains and northwest Aroostook see the most snow out from this event.
Wind concerns Down East
Folks depending on ferry service to get back on the island from Penobscot Bay eastward may see a rough time of it this afternoon as the wind picks up. Mainland shoreline areas may see some stiff gusts off the water up to 50 mph, and that will howl into the evening before settling down overnight. I do expect all areas to remain on the breezy side through Saturday.
For those travelling on Friday, keep watch on the temperature in case cold air damming decides to hold tight. Any reading of 37° or less on the vehicle thermometer could mean 32° or below at the surface. This event is not a big deal, but it could ruin someone's day with an unfortunate accident unless there is respect to the elements.
After this, the pattern appears quiet until the late part of next week.
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