The Rain, Snow & Wind Will Continue Tonight, Heavy At Times
A coastal low will rapidly intensify to our south
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - As of early Saturday evening the main area of low pressure is now just off the coast of Southern New England. It will eventually move into the Gulf of Maine tonight and pass just south of Downeast early tomorrow morning. This storm is continuing to intensify and the precipitation will become heavier this evening and tonight. While the winds are not very strong this afternoon, they will become stronger as the evening progresses and especially tonight. Most areas north and west of Bangor will see mainly snow with this system. The rain will continue for much of the southern parts of the state through the evening. Here in the Bangor area expect to see a rain-snow mix which should transition to all snow tonight into Sunday morning. In this situation, the precipitation will fall at a heavy rate at times, when this happens the storm can “create its’ own cold air” and it may fall as snow when the precipitation is heavy and change back to rain when it slows down. It is expected to be mainly rain for most of Downeast through tonight, it should briefly change to snow and mix on Sunday morning. In all, 8-16″ is expected from Augusta and points north and west. A 6-10″ band north and west of Bangor, down towards Portland. Just north of the Mid-Coast, up through Bangor 3-7″, this is where the rain-snow line will likely set up. For much of Downeast and along the Mid-Coast, rain is expected on Saturday with a brief changeover to snow and mix on Sunday morning. 3″ or less is likely here. It will also be quite windy, especially Saturday night. This is when winds may gust 35-45 mph with 50 mph gusts possible along the coast.
This clears out of here Sunday afternoon and we may see some sun in areas to end the day. However, the snow showers will continue across the north and mountains into Sunday night. Highs on Sunday will top out in the 30s. High pressure will move in from the northwest for the day on Monday. A north/northwesterly flow will provide a chilly airmass in the low to mid 30s with partly to mostly sunny skies. It will stay mainly dry and chilly for Tuesday and through the middle part of next week with highs in the 30s for much of the state.
Tonight: Snow is expected north and west of Bangor. A wintry mix will transition to mainly snow in and around Bangor. Rain is expected Downeast with some light snow/mix possible tomorrow morning. Lows will fall back to the 20s north, low to mid 30s south. Winds N/NE at 20-30 mph, gusts 35-45 mph, wind gusts to 50 mph along the coast.
Sunday: Snow and mix tapering off during the morning and early afternoon. Snow showers will continue across the north through Sunday night. Highs will top out in the 30s. Winds NW 10-25 mph.
Monday: Partly to mostly sunny skies expected. Highs will run in the low to mid 30s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies. Highs will top out in the low to mid 30s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy skies. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
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