Seasonably Strong Spring Storm Arrives Today

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Today’s weather will be dominated by the advance of a seasonably strong spring storm system approaching from the southwest. Ahead of this system, clouds have overspread the region this morning and overcast conditions will remain the rule for the rest of the day. Some patchy drizzle is ongoing over the mountains and near Augusta, but this morning will be generally dry until the main round of precipitation arrives this afternoon.

Precip will begin in SW NH around noon in the form of rain, with rain breaking out in ME soon thereafter. Up in the mountains, just enough cold air has jumped in front of this system to support a period of mixed precipitation especially at higher elevations. This wintry mix will start as freezing rain but will likely change to snow/sleet later in the afternoon as strong upward motion facilitates some cooling aloft. Any accumulations of note will be confined to the higher summits above 3,000 feet.

Rain and wintry mix will fall heavily at times through the afternoon and evening before a line of showers and possibly some thunder moves through during the evening and ushers drier air in from the west.

As with any storm system on the stronger side, we’ll be watching for winds to pick up later today. On a southeast fetch, the Midcoast peninsulas and areas on/northwest of the higher ridges will be most at risk for 40-45 mph winds capable of producing scattered outages. With winds borderline favorable for outages and no leaves on the trees, I’m not expecting widespread issues. Another round of stronger winds is expected tomorrow as cooler air moves into the area from the west/northwest.

-Jack

A Bit Cooler Today

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Today will feature cooler temps and clearer skies as cooler air moves into the region behind yesterday’s cold front. That said, temps will still be above normal for this time of year given the lack of nearby Arctic air. Look for highs ranging from around 60 in southern NH to around 45 along the Midcoast and up north. Mostly sunny skies are expected outside the mountains where some upslope clouds are noted on satellite imagery this morning. As NW flow slackens this afternoon, expect clouds to fade here as well.

-Jack

Unsettled Spring Weather Today

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Today will feature unsettled spring weather as low pressure moves up the Saint Lawrence Valley to our west. Onshore southerly flow ahead of this system will push cool and moisture-rich air into the region this morning. One result has been fog which will be slow to burn off this morning. Another result will be the potential for scattered showers and thunderstorms especially this afternoon over parts of the area that can sneak some sunshine in during the midday hours. No severe weather is expected, but some storms may produce briefly gusty winds. For those who miss out on the thunderstorm-induced gusty winds, the low up in Quebec has you covered. Gusts across the area will climb into the 30-40 mph range as the system goes by this afternoon. That should be low enough to avoid most outage issues. High temps will range from the low/mid 50s along the Midcoast to near 70 in central NH.

-Jack

Cloudier but Still Warm Today

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Today will feature increased cloud cover as a weak storm system approaches from the west. Clouds are already increasing across the area as fog burns off near the surface. While filtered sun slowly transitions to overcast skies, temps will remain on the warmer side of normal today. Look for highs ranging from the mid 40s along the midcoast to the mid 50s up north to the mid 60s in southern/central NH. This storm system will bring some rain to the area, but it will mostly fall after sunset.

-Jack

Warmth Continues Today

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Today will feature continued warm weather as southerly/southwesterly winds continue to push warmer air in our direction. After morning fog, dense in spots over the Midcoast, burns off, expect mostly sunny skies across the area. This sunshine will help boost temps into the upper 50s north and upper 60s in southern NH. Most of southern Maine will end up in the low/mid 60s with mid 50s along the coastline and upper 40s along the midcoast.

-Jack

Warm Weather Continues Today

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With low pressure moving up through Hudson Bay and high pressure settling south of Nova Scotia this morning, winds will remain out of the southwest today and we’re in for another stretch of unseasonably warm weather as a result. Skies across the area will be sunny and highs will climb into the mid 50s north and mid/upper 60s in southern NH by midday. A sea breeze will kick up in the afternoon and keep the Maine coast a bit cooler, generally in the high 40s to mid 50s.

-Jack

Warm and Dry Today

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Today will feature an early taste of mid-spring as high pressure slips offshore and winds turn around to the west/southwest. Just about everyone will tack 5-10 degrees onto yesterday’s high temps by this afternoon. That shakes out to around 50 in the north and mid/upper 60s in southern NH and adjacent warm spots of SW Maine. Without strong westerly flow, a sea breeze won’t hesitate to kick up and push inland this afternoon leaving the shoreline in the low to mid 50s. Skies throughout the day will be mostly sunny.

-Jack

Lovely Early-Spring Weather Today

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It’s going to be a picture-perfect day of early-spring weather here in northern New England as strong high pressure slides just to our south and winds turn around to the west/southwest. Look for sunny skies across the area and high temperatures ranging from the mid 40s north to mid 50s south. An afternoon sea breeze will hold temps in the 40s over the Midcoast.

-Jack

Cool and Breezy Today

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Today will feature cool temps and breezy conditions as another area of Canadian high pressure builds in from the north. Look for high temps ranging from the mid 20s up north to the upper 30s in the south. Morning clouds will give way to sunshine this afternoon as low pressure moves farther off to our east. North/northwest winds will gust to 30 mph at times which isn’t enough to worry about power outages but will make it feel pretty chilly outside.

Warmer weather will return from the west beginning tomorrow.

-Jack

Mild This Afternoon, Snowing Tonight

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Another strong cold front will move through the region today. As a result, we’ll transition from mild temps and a sea breeze midday to snow for most of the area by tonight. Thick cloud cover has overspread the region this morning ahead of the approaching storm system, but warm WSW winds will push temps to around 60 for much of the coastal plain and foothills west of I-95 and south of Lewiston-Laconia. Temps for the rest of the region will peak in the high 30s up north and mid 40s in the foothills/midcoast peninsulas.

Light rain showers are possible this morning and midday along the front itself, but steadier precip will hold off until mid/late afternoon. That’s when moisture from the storm system that has been bringing severe weather to the Deep South will arrive in our area. By that point, winds will shift around to the north and temps will be falling quickly. Most areas will see steady plain rain until around sunset when a changeover to snow will progress south. Dry air moving in from Canada will shut precip off before much snow can accumulate, especially in northern areas. Southern NH actually stands the best chance at seeing a slushy inch or two as precip lasts deeper into the night on the northern edge of the exiting storm system.

-Jack

Reliably hype-free weather info for Western Maine and New Hampshire from amateur forecaster Jack Sillin

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