Spring begins with another round of snow, but it won’t be a blockbuster and it will be nothing like we experienced last week.

This storm has been on the map for days. The models lost it for a while, sending it far offshore to produce nothing more than clouds. You may have seen this reflected in some apps; however, we were highly skeptical of that trend and kept the chance for snow in our forecast all along.

We’re not looking at a direct hit. The center of the storm will pass to our east, but it will be close enough to spread precipitation into Maine. The gradient between a strong high to the north and the offshore storm will produce a persistent northeast wind. Tides are astronomically high – though not as high as earlier in the month – so minor coastal flooding and erosion is possible.

Most of Wednesday will be dry. Any sun will fade as clouds increase and thicken. By late afternoon, it will be snowing in southern New England and snow will be getting close to southern Maine.

Between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, snow will begin along the coast and in York and Cumberland counties. Even in these areas, the evening commute should be minimally impacted.

During the late evening, snow will overspread the rest of central Maine. It will be mostly dry in the mountains and far north until after midnight.

It will be cold enough for snow-covered and slippery roads for Thursday morning’s commute. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees.

Snow will end Thursday morning in western Maine; it will take until Thursday afternoon to end in northern and eastern Maine. As the snow lightens and ends, roads should quickly improve, thanks to the high March sun angle.

Expect between 3 and 6 inches for most of central and southern Maine; 1 to 3 inches of snow in the foothills and mountains, farther away from the storm center.

Keep an eye on our updates in case any changes are necessary.

Ryan Breton
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