Arctic Air Arrives Today

Hello everyone!

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.