Slick travel at times in areas for the day
There hasn't been much change in ideas in the past 48 hours regarding this nuisance storm. There is not a lot of precipitation associated with this warm front as the parent low north of the Great Lakes is fizzling out. That said, there is just enough moisture associated with this to cause some slick spots, primarily on the roads less traveled through Thursday night.
Thursday 6 AM to Friday 6 AM - A rough idea on timing shows precipitation moving into the region through the morning. Most areas see some light snow to start off. As the warm nose moves in aloft, some pingy sleet is expected to mix in. For areas that get it, that is a clue that light freezing rain may work in as well over the western interior heading into the middle part of the day. A cold front passes through Thursday night which will keep snow showers going in the mountains, with precipitation tapering off elsewhere overnight into early Friday.
A winter weather advisory has been posted for northern Oxford and northern Franklin counties through mid-afternoon where the risk of a light glaze of ice from freezing rain is possible. Snowfall accumulations are likely 2" or less for the north, the same amount including sleet elsewhere. Once the warm sector settles in, there could be some isolated pockets of freezing drizzle that could pop up. Closer to the shorelines, patchy fog is possible as well. There is not a whole lot of wind associated with this until the cold front passes through overnight, which will blow out whatever fog and drizzle may be lurking around.
Bangor may record its first snowfall amount of the year, as may Portland pending on timing and temperature.
Travel impacts are minimal, just be aware of the elements and drive accordingly.
Breezy and cool Friday into Saturday
Friday 7 AM to Sunday 7 AM - A westerly breeze picks up as the cold front passes through. It won't be as windy as Wednesday, but it will be enough to blow tree debris around. A weak upper-level wave passes through Friday night which brings snow showers to the mountains and shifts the wind to the northwest on Saturday. The wind settles heading into Sunday.
Friday 7 AM to Sunday 1 PM - Apparent temperature in degrees Celsius here to show the predicted wind chill over the area being below freezing for much of the region through the weekend. For those heading out hunting, you should prepare for a chilly day in the tree stand or the duck blind if that is your way of doing it. Below normal temperatures are the rule overall until next weekend.
Next chance for precipitation Monday into Tuesday
Monday 7 AM to Tuesday 7 PM - The next system that may bring some forms of precipitation is on the way early next week. A trough dives to the southeast from Hudson Bay and spins a cold front through that may bring some scattered rain or snow showers. It's early to get into specifics on timing, but amounts appear lighter than what is passing through on Thursday. With moisture cut off to the south, and little help from the Great Lakes on the trajectory, this may not amount to much. This will be updated.
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