Sunday, December 29, 2013

Coastal Maine Under Winter Storm Warning

Gray, Maine - The national weather service out of Gray Maine has added coastal Maine to the Winter Storm Warning zone from Portland north to Rockland where areas could see up to 8-9 inches. This system has been complex in regards to the rain/snow line and where it would set up.

All coastal Maine residents should be prepared for several inches of that will be heavy snow and drivers should take it real slow if driving tonight and early tomorrow morning.

After this storm comes the chance of snow at the end of the week come. There is a chance to get snow from Thursday to Friday. This chance of snow is still a ways away and should be monitored.

Here is the latest Winter Storm Warning information for coastal Maine.

...FAST MOVING COASTAL STORM TO BRING HEAVY SNOW TONIGHT...

.A FAST MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE UP THE EAST COAST AND
ACROSS CAPE COD THIS EVENING. THIS WILL SPREAD SNOW INTO MAINE AND
NEW HAMPSHIRE BEGINNING LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND ENDING EARLY
MONDAY MORNING. ALTHOUGH THIS WILL BE A FAST MOVING STORM... IT
WILL LIKELY PRODUCE A BAND OF HEAVY SNOWFALL ACROSS CENTRAL NEW
HAMPSHIRE AND THE COASTAL PLAIN OF MAINE. THE PRECIPITATION MAY
BEGIN AS RAIN ALONG THE COAST OF MAINE AND ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE BEFORE CHANGING TO SNOW. THIS WILL BE A HEAVY...
STICKY... WET SNOW WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR
OR MORE THIS EVENING.

NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND NORTHWEST MAINE WILL SEE LESS SNOW AS
THE HEAVIER BAND SETS UP TO THE SOUTH. ALSO... AREAS ALONG THE
IMMEDIATE COAST MAY SEE MORE RAIN AND LESS TOTAL SNOWFALL.

COASTAL CUMBERLAND-SAGADAHOC-LINCOLN-KNOX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PORTLAND...SOUTH PORTLAND...WESTBROOK...
BATH...TOPSHAM...BOOTHBAY HARBOR...WISCASSET...WALDOBORO...
CAMDEN...ROCKLAND...THOMASTON

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST
MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES. THE
  IMMEDIATE COASTLINE MAY SEE MORE RAIN.

* TIMING...RAIN TRANSITIONS TO SNOW THIS EVENING. SNOW ENDS EARLY
  MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. AREAS
  WHICH STILL HAVE ICE ON TREES FROM THE RECENT ICE STORM MAY BE
  MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ACCUMULATIONS CAUSING ADDITIONAL BROKEN
  LIMBS AND POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS...NORTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH NEAR THE COAST.

* VISIBILITIES...MAY DROP TO ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA  FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

Weather for the next 24 hours.

Late Afternoon Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 37. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight Snow, mainly before 3am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 25. Blustery, with an east wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Monday Sunny, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

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