Distant Ocean Storm Brings Light Wintry Precip Today

Hello everyone!

Today’s weather will be determined mostly by the whims of a powerful ocean storm sitting several hundred miles southeast of the area. This was the storm that we were watching last week for the potential to be a major blizzard. Sadly the ingredients just didn’t come together perfectly this time around but we’re still just close enough to get some light precip as the storm retrogrades into the Gulf of Maine.

Observations and radar imagery this morning show a couple bands of light to perhaps even moderate snow moving from east to west across the area. Between these bands, there isn’t enough upward motion in the atmosphere to produce snowflakes so precipitation is falling as drizzle which, given temps below freezing, will freeze on contact with objects and surfaces. This general pattern seems to be the one which we’ll enjoy for most of the day as the ocean storm completes its loop well to our southeast. Spots that see the most persistent light/moderate snow could end up with 2-4″ while the rest of the area sees a dusting to perhaps an inch or two.

Honestly, the snowfall map I posted back on Sunday, while perhaps a little bullish near/west of Portland and a little bearish up in the mountains near Sugarloaf still doesn’t look so bad this morning.

Most of NH already picked up their dusting-2″ in the first phase of the storm Sunday night so what’s left for today is mostly in Maine. The best shot at seeing over 2″ would be north of Route 1 and along/east of I-95 in the interior Midcoast. Either way, the snow and freezing drizzle will produce some slick spots on the roads so take it slow if you’re headed out and about.

High temps today will be fairly close to where they are now (upper 20s north, low 30s south) as overcast skies limit the amount of solar heating we can generate and neither warm nor cold air is being pushed in our direction by the wind. The best chance for some sunny breaks would be over in central/western NH.

-Jack