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Snow in the month of May: Mainers should plan for a mix of rain and snow Saturday

(WABI)
Published: May. 7, 2020 at 9:24 AM EDT
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Some snow is likely headed to parts of our region this weekend.

The storm is expected to move in later Friday night and continues through the day Saturday.

Those in the north will see snow and elsewhere will be a mix of rain and snow.

Plan for mixed precipitation that could include heavy snow and gusty winds as well.

Sunday looks to be a drier day.

From the WABI TV-5 Weather Center:

A very unseasonably cold airmass will continue to push through the Northeast this afternoon. Low pressure associated with it will move through the Gulf of Maine. It will pass just to the south of the Downeast Coast later this morning and afternoon. With this will be rain and snow, which may come down heavy at times today. It will also be quite windy, winds may gust to 40+ mph. Temperatures will run 20-25 degrees cooler than average, in the mid 30s to low 40s. This area of low pressure will push to our north and east tonight. The rain and snow will end and skies will stay mostly cloudy throughout the night. Lows will fall back to the upper 20s to mid 30s. As far as total snowfall accumulations, this time of the year is very difficult to predict how much will accumulate due to milder temperatures and he ground not being frozen. However, near and along the coast, 2” or less is expected. The Bangor area, including much of Western Maine and Northern Aroostook County will likely see around 1-4”. The highest totals will be found in the Maine Highlands, including Southern Aroostook, Northern Penobscot and Southern Piscataquis County. Around 3-7 inches will fall there with higher totals in the higher elevations.

We’re drier for the day tomorrow with variably cloudy skies, a widely scattered shower cannot be ruled out. It will be blustery as winds could gust to 25-30 mph. Highs will only run in the upper 40s to low 50s. A weak area of low pressure will move through the Ohio Valley Sunday night and arrive in our area on Monday. This system will likely give us some rain showers on Monday, otherwise mostly cloudy skies. It will be on the milder side compared to the weekend with highs in the 50s across the region. A cold front will pass the state Monday night and we will dry out once again for the middle of the weak. Behind the front it will run below average temperature wise. Highs will only run in the low to mid 50s for both Tuesday and Wednesday with partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Today: Rain, snow and windy. Highs will only top out in the mid 30s to low 40s. Winds northeast, shifting to northwest at 20-30 mph. Gusts could occasionally reach 40+ mph.

Tonight: The rain and snow will come to an end from southwest to northeast. Lows will fall back to the upper 20s to mid 30s. Winds northwest at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts.

Tomorrow: Variably cloudy skies, a widely scattered shower cannot be ruled out. Highs will run in the 50s across the state. Blustery, winds W/NW at 15-25 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies with a few showers possible. Highs will run in the 50s statewide.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies with highs only in the low to mid 50s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs will top out in the 50s.

Ryan Munn

WABI TV-5 & CW Meteorologist

Updated: Saturday May 9, 2020 @6:34AM

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