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Rain/Snow End Today, Nice Tomorrow

9:09 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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Good morning.

Rain, snow, sleet, and freezing rain is continuing this morning across the state but it will start to become more sporadic as we move into the late morning.

We actually broke a 124 year old record yesterday in Portland with 3.5 inches of rain. The old record (which was set in 1888 if I did the math correctly) was half that amount at 1.75 inches. If you 'd like to convert that to snowfall using the standard 10:1 ratio, that would be just over 3 feet, more likely though we'd use about a 5:1 ratio since temperatures would have been close to the freezing point (warmer temperatures mean less snow because it's so wet and heavy) and we'd still get 17.5 inches. That could have been fun.

Back to the forecast- The rain/snow/sleet/freezing rain will slow down quite a bit for everyone as we head into this afternoon and will totally come to an end tonight. Some locations in the mountains and in northern Maine may pick up an additional 2-4 inches today. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s for highs today which is slightly above normal for this time of year. Winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow a high pressure system moves into the area. We'll see partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. It'll finally be quiet with a nice break in between storm systems. Winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.

Friday another low moves in bring with it rain and snow for the area. We'll again see snow in the mountains and in far northern Maine and rain pretty much everywhere else. Showers will linger into Saturday. After that though, things looks dry as we head into next week. We'll have good traveling weather with mostly sunny skies Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Christmas Day.

Have a great Wednesday!

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