Northern Maine Weather Forecast

River Ice Movement & River Ice Jams Will Continue To Be A Threat This Weekend; Widespread Rain & Snow Showers Tonight With Sunshine Returning For Sunday & Monday; A Prolonged Rainfall, Which Will Mix At Times With Snow & Sleet, Is Expected From Monday Night To Friday

Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:50 am

by Rob Lightbown

TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT: A piece of energy is forecast to track southeastward across northern New England during this afternoon and tonight. Skies are expected to be sunny to partly sunny throughout the rest of this morning with skies expected to become cloudy during this afternoon. High temperatures today will be near 48 Degrees. Winds today will be north at 5 to 10 mph.

That weather disturbance will impact our area tonight with cloudy skies and fairly widespread rain and snow showers. Any snow accumulations tonight will be less than one inch. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Winds tonight will be north at 5 to 10 mph.

RIVER FLOODING UPDATE: There is an ice jam on the Aroostook River near Washburn which is causing flooding on several roads in and around Washburn. These roads remain closed this morning and a flood warning remains in effect from Washburn to Presque Isle.

Besides this, ice movement is expected to continue throughout this weekend on both the Aroostook and Saint John Rivers with the potential for additional ice jams. Any of these ice jams will lead to flooding with little to no advanced notice.

SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY: An area of high pressure will give us sunny to partly sunny skies on Sunday with high temperatures near 49 Degrees. Winds on Sunday will be northwest at 7 to 14 mph.

Sunday night will be clear with low temperatures near 28 Degrees. Winds on Sunday night will be north at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday is expected to be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures near 50 Degrees. Winds on Monday will be southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY: Rain is expected to move in on Monday night and it may be cold enough for the rain to mix with sleet and snow late Monday night. Low temperatures Monday night will be near 35 Degrees.

Tuesday will be a dreary day with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow during the morning and rain during the afternoon. High temperatures Tuesday will be near 45 Degrees.

Rain will continue throughout Tuesday night with low temperatures near 40 Degrees.

Periods of rain are expected on Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 48 Degrees.

From Thursday through Friday, yet another piece of energy will track towards our area leading to the development of a low pressure system. This low pressure system will bring us more rain starting late Thursday afternoon and continuing through Thursday night and Friday. This system could pull in some cold air leading to a changeover to snow during late Thursday night and Friday morning. Low temperatures Thursday night will be near 34 Degrees. High temperatures Friday will be near 40 Degrees.

Bottom line is that much of next week looks quite dreary with on and off rainfall. Total rainfall amounts will be in the 1 to 2 inch range and this will likely cause ice movement and rises on the area rivers.

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