Some light snow Saturday but the cold backs off

1:07 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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I'm going to keep this relatively short since, judging by the 10-15 emails about my "faux hawk", I must attempt to get a haircut between shows today. #FirstWorldProblems

Today: It's cold. The arctic air from yesterday's front is fully in place today, so despite the mostly sunny skies (keep in mind the sun angle is weak this time of the year) temperatures will struggle to get out of the teens even along the coastline. Winds will be frisky as well, blowing out of the northwest at 15-25 MPH creating an even colder windchill factor.

Tonight: It will be chilly tonight, but not AS cold as Thursday night due to the approach of a warm front from the Midwest. The warm front will also bring clouds into the forecast by midnight, streaming in from west to east with some light snow breaking out by the early morning hours on Saturday.  This should by typical "overrunning" precipitation, meaning it will be light and expect light snow over southern and Midcoastal Maine by daybreak on Saturday.

Saturday: Light snow continues over central and southern Maine before tapering off from southwest to northeast by late morning. After that look for a mixture of sun and clouds as the warm front pushes north a bit and loosens its grip on the state. Because we will technically be in the "warm sector" look for high temperatures between 30-37 F, a welcome time out from the arctic chill. As far as snow accumulations, I'm thinking a dusting to an inch should cover it for most of us with isolated 2" amounts over the Midcoast and Downeast.

A second shot of warm front snow will move through central and northern Maine on Saturday night, additional accumulation of 1-2" is likely there with up to 5-6" towards Caribou where the front will stall out.

As the snow continues over the northern 1/4 of the state, most of us will see a partly sunny day on Sunday with temperatures staying in the 30s to near 40. By the afternoon another arctic cold front will swing through, producing snow squalls in the mountains and foothills. A few of these may make it to the coastline, but in general they should be greatly weakened at that point.

Back to arctic chill for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday with highs in the teens and overnight lows below zero in many spots.

Our overall pattern continues to look cold but relatively dry with the polar jet stream dominating the Northeast.

Ok time for some "hairapy".





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