Latest information about first storm of February

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - This storm will bring ice and snow, making travel conditions difficult.

Snow could fall very heavily at times over northern areas.

Conditions will begin to improve Friday evening.

Full forecast: (Updated: Friday February 7, 2020 @11:46 AM)

Strong low pressure will continue to track northeastward, moving along the Maine coast this afternoon and evening. Areas from Greenville to Millinocket northward will see precipitation falling mainly in the form of snow with some sleet mixed in at times. Snow could fall very heavily at times over northern areas today. South of Greenville and Millinocket, warmer air will be drawn northward ahead of the storm system resulting in an icy mix of mainly sleet and freezing rain across the rest of the state, possibly even plain rain at times along the immediate coast. Ice accumulation of a light glaze to as much as a half inch will be possible form Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln and points south to the coast. Additional snow and sleet accumulations will be very minimal for areas south of Dover-Foxcroft and Lincoln but expect an additional 4”-8” by later this evening for areas to the north with even higher amounts of 9”-16”+ possible over Northern Somerset, Northern Piscataquis, Northern Penobscot and Northern Aroostook Counties. By later this evening, areas across the far north have the potential to see over 20” of snow with yesterday’s snowfall and today’s snowfall combined. As the storm moves by, it will become breezy today as well with northeast winds increasing to 10-20 MPH with gusts to 30-35 MPH possible especially during the afternoon and evening. Scattered power outages will be possible. Travel will be difficult statewide throughout the day.

The snow, icy mix and rain will move wind down later this evening and early tonight followed by clearing skies after midnight. As the storm pulls away from the region and high pressure builds in from the west, a gusty northwest wind will usher colder air into the state tonight with low temperatures dropping back to the single numbers and teens. High pressure building into the area this weekend will provide us with sunshine and temperatures high temperatures in the teens and 20s for both Saturday and Sunday. A weak system moving in Sunday night into Monday could bring us some light snow and/or mix to start the work week.

Rest of Today: Snow and sleet Greenville to Millinocket northward, sleet and freezing rain elsewhere with some rain possible along the immediate coast. Highs between 22°-37°, warmest along the coast. Northeast wind 10-20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH.

Tonight: Snow and icy mix ending early then clearing late. Lows between 7°-17°. Northwest wind 10-20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, breezy and colder. Highs between 12°-22°. Northwest wind 5-15 MPH with gusts to 25 MPH possible.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid-teens to mid-20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow showers possible. Not as cold with highs in the 30s to around 40°.

Tuesday: Partly sunny during the morning then mostly cloudy during the afternoon. Afternoon rain/snow showers possible. Highs in the 30s.

Todd Simcox
WABI TV 5 & The CW