After a very nice Sunday across the region, we find winter weather advisories posted for much of Maine.

Snow is in the forecast in some form the first part of this week, but you’ll be disappointed if you were expecting a lot of it.  The storm bringing this weather is located over 600 miles from Portland.  A storm that far way won’t bring its full impact; however, the western edge of the storm is close enough to provide the region with some wind and snow, especially at the coast.

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We aren’t taking a blockbuster snow event. As a matter of fact, many areas may not surpass the snow totals they saw Friday.  The snow will be blown around by the wind and be tough to measure. This isn’t a cancel-your-plans kinds of storm as long as you’re OK driving in a few inches of snow.  The snow won’t come at once, so road crews should have an easy time keeping up with accumulation.

 

The map below shows snow totals through Tuesday morning.  Most of this will fall from midday today until about midnight.

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After midnight there will be some lighter snow showers and these can linger into Tuesday.  Roads could become slick along the coastline as some additional bands of snow develop later Tuesday, but this won’t be a big issue.

The coldest air of the season arrives this weekend and lasts for a few days.  I don’t see this being prolonged or record shattering, although many areas, including the coastline, will end up below zero for two or three mornings in a row.

It’s been a relatively easy winter thus far.  We haven’t seen our typical amounts of snow, nor have we experienced widespread cold.  There are already indications the weather may remain quite cold and unsettled through the final days of February.  Our next chance of a storm doesn’t arrive until sometime next week, and that’s just a chance.


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