A good soaker for most
Weak high pressure keeps the north country warmer and sunnier for Thursday. Southern areas deal with cooler temperatures and showery conditions. Low pressure advances to the northeast Thursday night into Friday, giving all areas some needed rainfall. High pressure moves in to start the weekend.
From 8 AM to 8 PM Thursday showers begin to overspread the region, reaching eastern areas by early evening.
From 8 PM Thursday to 8 AM Friday, the first round of moisture exits to the east. Far southern areas may see some heavier showers, with perhaps a chance for a rumble of thunder before midnight. Most areas south of the northern crown are soggy for the Friday morning commute.
From 8 AM to 8 PM Friday, the southern stream merges with the northern stream, and a rapidly intensifying storm begins to take shape over the Gulf of Maine.
From 8 PM Friday to 8 AM Saturday, the storm exits to the east/northeast, ending shower activity by early morning.
For most areas, ¾ - 1¼" of much needed rainfall is expected through Saturday morning. The higher elevations could pick up an inch or two of wet snow as a parting gift, and the summits could see more, pending on the time of the phase.
Wind picks up on Friday, chilly start for Saturday
As the storm comes together and intensifies, the wind picks up along with it. Expect gusts Friday night into Saturday in the 25-35 mph range out of the northwest, with higher elevations reaching 40 mph.
For the first of May, it will feel more like the first of March with wind chill values in the 20s and 30s to start off. The breeze drops by Saturday evening, only to see it pick back up again on Sunday as a moisture starved cold front passes through the region.
Next week appears to be unsettled with chances for rain possible every day through Thursday at least.
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Ten-day temperature outlook through May 9th
I'm tempted to give the green light for planting over southern areas, but I am concerned that the region may get one more shot of chilly air next weekend. Climatology speaking, May 1st is the final average day for 32° or less for the Portland area. The shoreline areas are likely clear of frost at this point. My confidence for interior areas a few miles inland is a different story. It would be best to wait until next weekend clears just in case. For northern areas, the caution light stays on for the next two weeks for now.
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