Bitter Cold Moves In This Weekend, Snow Possible Out Ahead Of It

Hello everyone!

Another update this evening looking at a bitter cold blast this weekend which will be bookended on either side by snow threats. Let’s start with the snow threat on the front end of the cold air which arrives Saturday.

Saturday Snow

12Z GFS Showing Saturday's Setup
12Z GFS Showing Saturday’s Setup. Image Credit: Accuweather

Saturday’s storm threat really hinges on how far south an upper low digs and how fast its attendant surface low develops. Right now, Downeast areas look best in terms of everything pulling together in time for a sizeable snow event. Here in Western Maine, I think this is more of a one and done blast where a quick several inches are likely to fall. The timing on this would be later in the day on Saturday though the details are still to be ironed out.

Sunday Cold

12Z GFS Showing Dangerous Cold Sunday Morning. Credit: Weatherbell
12Z GFS Showing Dangerous Cold Sunday Morning. Credit: Weatherbell

The core of the bitter cold arrives Sunday with dangerously cold temps on the order of lows around 20 below in the north, 10 below in the south. Highs likely don’t make it to 0 in the mountains on Sunday while the coast struggles to 10 above. Wind chills will remain in the -40 to -20 range region wide Saturday night into Sunday. Yeah, this is the real deal.

Next Week Storm Chance

12Z GEFS Showing The Threat For A Snow Event Next Week
Yesterday’s 12Z GEFS Showing The Threat For A Snow Event Next Week. Credit: Weatherbell

As the coldest of the cold retreats early next week, the door is open for more snow. My thoughts on the threat remain unchanged from Yesterday and current solutions range from ice/rain to out to sea. Here’s the graphic I posted yesterday evening that shows the spread as well as which scenario has the most credibility as of now (the snowstorm scenario). This is still a while away so things will definitely change. Be sure to stay updated as to the latest forecasts.

More updates tomorrow.

-Jack

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