Northern Maine Weather Forecast
An Arctic Cold Front Will Track Across Northern Maine This Evening & Will Bring Very Cold Temperatures & Bitter Cold Wind Chill Temperatures Of 15 To 25 Below Zero From Late Tonight Through Thursday; Significant Snow Accumulations Possible From Sunday Through Sunday Night
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:53 am
by Rob Lightbown
TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT: A weak trough of low pressure system will track across northern Maine this afternoon. So, after partly sunny skies this morning, skies will be cloudy this afternoon along with some scattered snow showers. High temperatures today will be near 20 Degrees. Winds will be west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
An Arctic cold front will track across northern Maine this evening. Current indications show that this front will first enter the Saint John Valley by about 7 to 8 pm and then track across the Caribou-Presque Isle area by about 11 pm. From there, this front will track across southern parts of Aroostook County between midnight and 3 am. This front will be accompanied by a brief heavy snow shower or snow squall with reduced visibilities. The best chance for a snow squall this evening will be found from the Saint John Valley to about Caribou and Presque Isle. Low temperatures tonight will be near 5 below zero. Winds tonight will become northwest at 7 to 14 mph this evening and northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph after midnight. Wind chill temperatures of near 25 below zero are likely after midnight tonight.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Very cold temperatures are expected across northern Maine from Thursday right through Saturday.
Thursday will feature not only very cold temperatures, but also bitter cold wind chill temperatures of 15 to 25 below zero throughout the day Thursday. Skies will start out cloudy along with some scattered snow flurries on Thursday morning with skies becoming partly sunny on Thursday afternoon. High temperatures will range from near zero across the Saint John Valley to near 5 above zero from Caribou and Presque Isle to Houlton. Winds on Thursday will be west at 10 to 20 mph.
Skies will start out partly cloudy on Thursday evening, then skies will become cloudy after midnight as a weak low pressure system approaches us from the west. Low temperatures Thursday night will be between 5 and 10 below zero. Winds will be west at 5 to 10 mph before midnight and south at 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
That weak low pressure system will track across northern Maine during Friday. So, fairly widespread snow showers are likely on Friday with snow accumulations of up to one inch possible. High temperatures will be near 12 Degrees. Winds will be south at 5 to 10 mph in the morning and west at 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
A clear to partly cloudy night is expected on Friday night with low temperatures ranging from 15 below zero across the Saint John Valley to 10 below zero across the Caribou-Presque Isle area to 7 below zero across the Houlton area.
Saturday is likely to be a sunny to partly sunny day and quite cold. High temperatures Saturday will be near 7 above zero.
SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY: An area of low pressure is forecast to strengthen as it tracks along the Mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday night before tracking across the Gulf of Maine on Sunday and near Nova Scotia on Sunday night. This storm has the potential to bring significant accumulations of snow to northern Maine with central and southern Aroostook County the area most likely to see these significant accumulations of snow. With that said, this storm is still about five days away, so changes to the forecast are almost guaranteed. For now, this is what I’m thinking:
Snow will overspread northern Maine very late Saturday night or early Sunday morning and then continue all day Sunday and much of the night Sunday night before ending early Monday morning. Early preliminary snow totals from this storm could range from 4 to 6 inches across far northern and western Aroostook County to 6 to 8 inches with isolated amounts of up to 10 inches across the Caribou-Presque Isle area to 7 to 10 inches of snow accumulation across southern Aroostook County.
Once this storm pulls away on Monday, it will leave us windy and cold throughout Monday with blowing & drifting snow a possible concern since Sunday’s snow is likely to be quite light and fluffy.
High temperatures Sunday will be near 20 Degrees. Low temperatures Sunday night will be near 10 Degrees. High temperatures Monday will be near 17 Degrees.
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