Dangerously Cold Wind Chill Temperatures Of 30 To 40 Below Zero Are Expected Tonight Through Saturday Morning; An Update On The Expected Snow Storm That Will Impact Northern Maine From Sunday Into Much Of Monday
Written by Rob Lightbown on December 13th, 2013
DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING: The combination of expected low temperatures of 15 to 20 below zero and a northwest wind of 10 to 20 mph will produce wind chill temperatures of 30 to 40 below zero from tonight right through Saturday morning across northern Maine. If you have to go out tonight or on Saturday, please bundle up in several layers of clothing. Also, make sure to wear a stocking hat and gloves to prevent frostbite on your ears and your hands.
By Saturday afternoon, temperatures should warm to near zero and the winds are expected to diminish to less than 10 mph; therefore, wind chill temperatures will become less of a problem by Saturday afternoon.
A SNOWSTORM IS STILL EXPECTED TO IMPACT NORTHERN MAINE FROM SUNDAY INTO MUCH OF MONDAY: I am still expecting a significant snowstorm across northern Maine from Sunday right into Monday.
An area of low pressure is forecast to track to a position near Nantucket by Sunday morning and then track northeastward to near Nova Scotia by Sunday evening and Sunday night. By Monday, that storm system is expected to be located just east of Newfoundland.
Snow is expected to develop across northern Maine around dawn Sunday morning with snow then expected all day Sunday and all night Sunday night. The snow may be heavy at times during Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening with snowfall rates of up to 1 to 2 inches per hour possible at times.
Snow is then expected to continue through at least Monday morning before slowly tapering off to snow showers during Monday afternoon.
I have increased the forecast snow totals a little in some areas based on the latest data, while across other areas, my forecast snow amounts for this storm remain the same. So, for total snow accumulations, I’m thinking a range from 6 to 7 inches across northwestern Aroostook County to 8 inches of snow accumulation from the Saint John Valley to Caribou to 9 inches of snow expected from Presque Isle southward to Mars Hill and Bridgewater to 10 inches of snow from Monticello to Houlton and Island Falls to 11 to 12 inches of snow accumulation across far southern Aroostook County.
Temperatures during the storm will be between 8 and 15 Degrees. Winds during the storm will be north to northeast at 7 to 14 mph, so blowing and drifting is not expected to be a significant problem.
This is a storm that I continue to closely watch and I will post further updates as conditions warrant.
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