Special update this evening to bring you my latest thoughts on this weekend’s storm system. Right now, things are looking pretty similar to how they were this morning. 12z models did continue the westward trend but it looks like we still miss out on the brunt of the storm.
Right now, rain is already moving into parts of CT and RI for the trick-or-treaters. This is a little ahead of schedule and could have some
This storm will be divided into two parts. Part one arrives Saturday morning and lasts through Saturday evening. This will be primarily rain for our area and will involve NE winds of around 20mph gusting to 30mph. Winds during this time will be out of the NE. This is when the bulk of the QPF (the amount of liquid that will fall from the sky) will fall. After this low passes by, winds turn to the NW, precip slows and phase two begins.
Phase two involves the second low developing and passing offshore. Column saturation loss looks likely Saturday evening which should lead to precip becoming more drizzly in nature. Cold air will begin to flood southward at this point and begin to transition precip to snow. This is where the biggest forecast challenge lies. If the second low tracks more to the West, we get more QPF out of it but the snow line gets pushed farther west. If the storm passes farther east, there is less in the way of QPF but the snow line would make it farther south. This second low could even miss us altogether and bring flakes exclusively to the Midcoast.
Right now, it looks like the most likely scenario is that the first low delivers rain to most and snow to the high elevations while the second low passes farther offshore. I think most in Maine and New Hampshire see snow this evening with the most snow falling in Downeast Maine (over a foot is expected by NWS Caribou) tapering down to a few flakes flying over Southern and Coastal areas.
Snow map for Saturday and Sunday. Click to enlarge.
Winds will be a big issue as well as the storm rapidly intensifies. Expect the highest winds along the coast with gusts surpassing 50 mph at times especially Saturday night.
Peak wind gusts Saturday and Sunday. Click to enlarge.
I’ll be busy most of the day tomorrow but will likely have a mid-storm update tomorrow evening.