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Heavy Snow & Gusty Wind Today. Blizzard Conditions Expected

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 4:36 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2022 at 6:33 AM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Low pressure off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline will continue to strengthen as it lifts northward toward New England. This will bring snow along the coast early this morning then the snow will spread inland throughout the morning & early afternoon. Snow will arrive along the coast between 5-8 AM, the Bangor area by 8-10 AM and by midday the entire state will be dealing with snow. Heavy snow will be possible by midday through the evening as snowfall rates could reach upwards of 1-3″ per hour. This will be likely along, south & east of I-95. Heavy bands of snow will press inland by the afternoon. As snow picks up in intensity, so will the winds. Winds will be out of the NNE gusting 30-40 mph north and west of Bangor. South & east of the Interstate will have gusts anywhere from 40-55 mph. The strong winds will generate blowing & drifting snow making for Blizzard conditions & VERY dangerous travel. Visibility near zero along with white-out conditions are expected. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for areas along, south & east of I-95. Strong winds will also lead to potential power outages. Snow will be light & fluffy which will make it very easy for the winds to blow it around. Significant snow drifts will be possible. Highs today will be in the single digits & teens, but with the winds, it will FEEL like it’s below zero all day. The snow will gradually end from west to east late tonight into Sunday morning.

Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through...
Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through tonight.(WABI)
Snow will arrive along the coast early this morning then spread northward as the morning...
Snow will arrive along the coast early this morning then spread northward as the morning progresses.(WABI)
Gusty winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibilities and treacherous...
Gusty winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibilities and treacherous travel.(WABI)

By daybreak Sunday, all the snow should be done. Keep in mind, breezy conditions are still expected on the backside of the low on Sunday. NNW winds will gust up to 35 mph during the morning and will produce areas of blowing snow. By the afternoon, winds will taper off. Highs on Sunday will reach the teens & 20s. Conditions improve by Sunday afternoon.

Snowfall totals will be hard to verify and measure with this storm due to the light fluffy nature of the snow combined with the strong winds. The majority of the state can expect on average 12-18″ of snow. Totals across the far north, outer edges of storm, will see slightly lower amounts around 4-8″. Portions of the Midcoast up to Bangor and through Downeast can expect anywhere from 18-24″.

Snowfall totals are still expected to be highest from Bangor eastward with as much as 2'...
Snowfall totals are still expected to be highest from Bangor eastward with as much as 2' possible!(WABI)

A quieter pattern expected next week. Temperatures are also expected to warm up by Wednesday. Highs for many could reach the low to mid 40s by the second half of next week. There will also be a chance of rain showers for Thursday & Friday.

TODAY: Snow developing from south to north this morning. Snow will be heavy at times during the afternoon. Northerly winds will also increase with possible gusts from 30-50 mph (strongest along the coast). This will lead to areas of blowing & drifting snow along with Blizzard conditions. Highs in the single digits & teens.

SUNDAY: Partly to mostly sunny skies and cold. Diminishing wind. Highs in the teens & 20s.

MONDAY: Mix of sun and clouds with highs in the teens & 20s.

TUESDAY: Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 20s & 30s. Potential warming trend.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy & mild. Highs in the 30s & 40s.

THURSDAY: Snow & mix likely north, mix/rain showers elsewhere. Highs in the mid-30s to low 40s.

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