General, temperatures are above average. But in Maine in the winter season, above average temperature levels can still cause snow. We have a few chances coming.
MAINE, USA– The Christmas rainstorm and the fairly mild weather condition that’s followed it has actually done a number on our winter sports-especially those that rely on only natural snow, like snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
There are possibilities in the days ahead though, an indication that
even a mild weather pattern this time of year can produce snow in Maine. Tonight A weak system moves through with extremely little in southern Maine – just some snow and shower.
But along and north of Path 2, into central and northern Maine, the precipitation will be a bit steadier and primarily snow. 1-3″of accumulation is expected, and especially north of Bangor there will be some slippery travel early Thursday early morning.
The first of potentially two storms begins Saturday. It’s slowed down a little, so I think we get all of Friday in with no concerns. The morning will be intense and warm, with clouds thickening up in the afternoon and night.
I’m thinking practically all of the state will begin with snow late Friday night and early Saturday early morning-starting just after midnight in western Maine and probably not up until closer to daybreak in far eastern Maine.
This is not an extremely strong system, but it will bring stable snow and likely a changeover to a quick mix or rain in southern and seaside Maine. I’m not too worried about icing with this one, though a little sleet or freezing rain will be possible inland.
The bulk of this comes Saturday early morning into early afternoon,
with the precipitation ending from west to east throughout the afternoon. It’s still 3 days away, so I doubt just how much snow will fall prior to the changeover to rain in southern and seaside Maine. Perhaps a covering to 2″as a first quote near the coast. I feel pretty positive that 3-6″ of snow will fall in the mountains, hills and much of interior Maine, though less than 3″ is possible in the far north depending on the storm’s track. Keith and Jess will have more specifics later on today, but here’s my early thinking.
Now Monday’s on my mind. Yesterday morning I discussed we needed to watch on this, but nearly all of the guidance kept it far enough south and east that we would not see anything. There has been a pattern in the last 24 hr to bring it closer to us. This is a highly unpredictable projection – each “L” on the map listed below represents one model place for the center of the storm. Some are rather close and would bring several inches of snow (and even a change to rain at the coast), others are a complete miss out on. I’m not securing this storm however I’m not composing it off either. There’s merely too much uncertainty right now, and it will come into focus in the next day or more. However there’s reason for snow enthusiasts to be optimistic.
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