A Chilly But Quiet Day Today

Hello everyone!

While we won’t even approach the magnitude of the cold air out in the Midwest this week, lower temps have indeed filtered in behind last night’s front. Readings this morning are a few degrees on either side of zero with warming to 0 in the north and 15 in the south this afternoon. Skies will be mainly clear outside of the mountains with no precipitation expected.

-Jack

Arctic Air Arrives Today

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Our storm system is rapidly departing off to the northeast this morning. Snow is already done for NH and most of western ME as of 7 AM, with just the midcoast and areas near Augusta holding onto the snow which has mixed with rain along the immediate coast. This precipitation will depart in the next couple hours with temps holding fairly steady around 20-25 in the north and west, and cooling slightly below freezing for the shorelines of the Midcoast.

This evening, an Arctic front will arrive from the west with several hazards to worry about. The first will be snow squalls which will reduce visibility to near zero and drop a quick inch or so of snow for most of the area. The second will be winds gusting 40-50 mph along and just behind the front. This will cause blowing snow as well as the threat for localized power outages. The final and probably most important threat from this system will be the cold. Temps behind the front will immediately start dropping below zero, with wind chills even colder. Bundle up if you need to be outside!

Bitter cold air will remain in place across the region until Saturday morning when a warmer airmass moves in from the west.

-Jack

Disorganized Storm Arrives Today

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A storm system will be arriving today, but it’s not exactly impressive as far as dynamics go. The first part of the system is zooming NE through Ontario, while the second is sluggishly trying to organize over the Gulf of Mexico. The result will be a period of light to moderate snow that will cause slick roads, but insubstantial (by Maine winter standards) shoveling obligations.

Snow arrives from west to east in the early-mid afternoon hours, beginning in SW NH around 1 PM before moving into Maine around sunset. Without any powerful dynamics, I’m not expecting any extremely heavy snow, but some banding could set up in the mountains tonight. Accumulations will range from an inch along the coast where a mix with rain will occur, to as much as 10-12″ in the mountains.

High temps today will range from 5 in the north to 35 along the NH Seacoast, and overcast skies can be expected ahead of our storm system.

-Jack

A Calm Winter’s Day Today

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Calm weather is expected today as we sit between two clipper systems. The first brought those squalls yesterday, and is now racing NE through Labrador. The second is currently bringing snow to the Midwest, and will arrive tomorrow. In between, expect mostly sunny skies, dry conditions, and seasonably chilly temps ranging from 5 in the north to 25 in the south.

The clipper will redevelop offshore tomorrow night, leading to a 6-12″ snowfall for the mountains with lesser amounts closer to the coast. More details on that system either tonight or tomorrow morning.

-Jack

Cold Front Arrives Today

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Today will feature the arrival of a cold front as low pressure moves up the Saint Lawrence valley. Out ahead of the front, expect southerly breezes and milder conditions. The front itself will arrive as a line of snow squalls, which will primarily impact the mountains before breaking up closer to the coast. Expect those squalls to arrive in the late afternoon hours for NH, and in the early evening for ME. The squalls will briefly bring visibility down to zero, with accumulations of up to an inch possible.

Skies will feature a mix of sun and clouds in the morning, becoming cloudier this afternoon as the front gets closer. Temps will be on the warm side, ranging from 25 in the north to 40 in the south.

-Jack

A Generally Quiet Day Today

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Expect generally quiet weather today as we sit in a “dead zone” of sorts between several systems. None will be close enough to bring widespread precip, but a few will be nearby enough for some clouds and maybe even a mountain snow shower or two. High temps will be squarely in seasonable territory, ranging from 15 in the north to 30 in the south.

Enjoy the quiet weather, because the outlook for the coming week includes a possible snowstorm, and much more probable Arctic blast.

-Jack

Turning Cooler Today

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Today will feature cooler temps and westerly breezes as our airmass reverts back to what we’d expect for this time of year. High temps will range from 25 in the north to 32 in the south, and those highs will be set earlier in the day before tumbling this afternoon. As for precipitation, snow showers will be drifting through the mountains this afternoon as a secondary cold front arrives. Some of those could escape onto the coastal plain as flurries, but any accumulation will be up in the higher terrain. Skies will be cloudier up north with breaks of sun in the south.

-Jack

Soggy Today

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Today will feature soggy weather as a storm system got a bit lost on its way up the east coast. Instead of taking that nice coastal track that brings us heavy snow, it’s detouring through the Champlain Valley which puts us on the warm side. As a result, precipitation is exclusively of the liquid form this morning, with rain vs freezing rain determined by surface temps.

All but the most sheltered mountain valleys will be above freezing with plain rain this morning as freezing rain continues in the colder spots. This afternoon, rain will start to change to snow on the higher summits with snow lines dropping towards the valleys tonight. Several inches of new accumulation are possible at elevation.

Closer to the coast, temps will spike up into the low 50’s today as southwesterly winds strengthen. Gusts out of the SW between 35 and 45 mph are expected, along with periods of very heavy rain. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out either.

Precipitation ends outside of the mountains this evening.

-Jack

Cloudy And Warmer As Our Next Storm Arrives

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Unfortunately our run of seasonably chilly temps is coming to an end as low pressure strays to the left of the favored path. Clouds will build out ahead of that system today, and some snow showers are possible in the mountains but most of today will be spent getting the lower levels saturated enough to allow any precip to make it to the ground. High temps will be balmy, ranging from 15 in the north to 40 in the south. Freezing rain will develop tonight away from the immediate coast so use extra caution if heading out and about in that area. A more widespread liquid precipitation event will unfortunately transpire tomorrow.

-Jack

Moderating Temps And Sunny Skies Today

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Today will feature slightly warmer temps compared to recent days, as well as sunny skies as the core of the coldest air moves off to our east. That said, it’s not exactly going to be mild today as highs range from 5 in the north to 20 in the south. Morning northwesterly winds will taper off this afternoon as high pressure crests overhead. Enjoy the beautiful day!

-Jack