Snow Expected From Today Right Through Saturday With Up To 6 Inches Of Snow Accumulation Forecast; Significant Accumulations Of Snow & Ice Likely Across Northern Maine & Western New Brunswick From Sunday Through Sunday Night
Written by Rob Lightbown on December 20th, 2013
STORM #1 FROM TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY: An area of low pressure is forecast to track along the Maine coast today into this evening and across the Canadian Maritimes during the overnight hours of tonight. Snow will begin to overspread northern Maine by 7 am this morning and it is expected to be snowing everywhere across northern Maine by 9 am or so this morning.
Snow is then expected to continue through the rest of the day today right through all of tonight. In fact, snow is now expected to continue to fall and accumulate across northern Maine right through much of Saturday.
Snow accumulations from this first storm will be in the 5 to 6 inch range. South of Houlton and especially near Millinocket and Lincoln, freezing rain and sleet is likely to mix in with the snow tonight right through Saturday, however, ice accumulations will be light.
Roads will become snow covered and slippery by later this morning and will remain that way from this afternoon right into Saturday. For those of you near Millinocket and Lincoln, the icy mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain from tonight through Saturday is likely to lead to icy and quite slippery roads. Please use caution when driving from today right through Saturday; slow down and take your time.
High temperatures today will be near 20 Degrees. Winds will be east at 5 mph. Low temperatures tonight will be near 15 Degrees. Winds tonight will be northeast at 5 mph. High temperatures on Saturday will be near 22 Degrees. Winds Saturday will be northeast at 5 mph.
STORM #2 WHICH WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW & ICE FROM SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT: A much stronger and more significant storm system will track across southern and eastern Maine during Sunday and into Sunday night. This storm is expected to bring significant accumulations of snow across central and northern Aroostook County and an icy mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow which could lead to significant ice accumulations from near Houlton to Millinocket and Lincoln from Sunday through Sunday night.
Snow will develop across all of northern Maine just before dawn Sunday morning with snow, frequently heavy at times, expected throughout much of Sunday. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times.
Now, during Sunday afternoon, the snow is expected to continue across northern and central Aroostook County (from Mars Hill, Presque Isle and Caribou to the Saint John Valley) and it will be heavy at times. Across southern Aroostook County (from Monticello to Houlton and Millinocket), the snow will mix with freezing rain and sleet during Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday night, a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected from Millinocket and Houlton northward to about Presque Isle. From about Caribou northward to the Saint John Valley, the precipitation should remain as mostly all snow, however, I would not be surprised to see some freezing rain and sleet mix in with the snow at times.
A light mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain may continue into a good part of Monday.
Our forecast snow and ice accumulations for this storm can be found with the map attached.
All-in-all, this is a storm that is currently expected to have a significant impact on our weather throughout Sunday and Sunday night.
I am monitoring this storm very closely and will post a new update between 5 and 7 pm this evening.
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