Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter Storm Watch Issued For Entire State of Maine

...A HIGH IMPACT WINTER STORM SET TO AFFECT THE REGION...

.LOW PRESSURE MOVING ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES IS EXPECTED TO
REDEVELOP OFF LONG ISLAND AND RAPIDLY INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES
NORTHWARD TOWARD NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THIS STORM HAS THE
POTENTIAL TO BRING HEAVY SNOWFALL, STRONG GUSTY WINDS TO THE
REGION AS WELL AS SOME RAIN TO THE DOWNEAST REGION.

NORTHWEST AROOSTOOK-NORTHEAST AROOSTOOK-NORTHERN SOMERSET-
NORTHERN PISCATAQUIS-NORTHERN PENOBSCOT-SOUTHEAST AROOSTOOK-
CENTRAL PISCATAQUIS-CENTRAL PENOBSCOT-SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT-
INTERIOR HANCOCK-CENTRAL WASHINGTON-COASTAL HANCOCK-
COASTAL WASHINGTON-SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS-NORTHERN WASHINGTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALLAGASH...CLAYTON LAKE...MADAWASKA...
FORT KENT...FRENCHVILLE...PRESQUE ISLE...CARIBOU...VAN BUREN...
MARS HILL...BAKER LAKE...BILLY-JACK DEPOT...BAXTER ST PARK...
CHAMBERLAIN LAKE...CHURCHILL DAM...MOUNT KATAHDIN...MILLINOCKET...
EAST MILLINOCKET...PATTEN...MEDWAY...HOULTON...HODGDON...
SHERMAN...SMYRNA MILLS...GREENVILLE...MONSON...BLANCHARD...
LINCOLN...HOWLAND...SPRINGFIELD...BANGOR...BREWER...ORONO...
OLD TOWN...AMHERST...AURORA...DEDHAM...EASTBROOK...GREAT POND...
ORLAND...DEBLOIS...GRAND LAKE STREAM...MEDDYBEMPS...PEMBROKE...
PERRY...PRINCETON...ELLSWORTH...BAR HARBOR...BLUE HILL...
EASTPORT...MACHIAS...CHERRYFIELD...DOVER-FOXCROFT...MILO...
GUILFORD...DANFORTH...VANCEBORO...TOPSFIELD

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY
AFTERNOON.

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN...CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST MAINE

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND WIND.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 9 TO 12 INCHES...ALONG WITH
  ICE ACCUMULATIONS AROUND TOW TENTHS OF AN INCH.

* TIMING...LATER THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND SOME ICE ACROSS THE DOWNEAST REGION
  WILL LEAD TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WITH WHITEOUT CONDITONS. STRONG
  WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW WITH WHITEOUTS ON FRIDAY. POWER
  OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST THURSDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS...EAST 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH ALONG THE
  COAST WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTH AND NORTHWEST ON FRIDAY INCREASING
  TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 45 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES....RISING THROUGH THE 20S INTO THE 30S THURSDAY
  NIGHT. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BACK THROUGH THE 20S ON FRIDAY.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES LATER THURSDAY
  NIGHT INTO FRIDAY.

...STRONG COASTAL STORM LIKELY TO IMPACT MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE
THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP RAPIDLY SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND ON
THURSDAY AND MOVE NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE GULF OF MAINE THURSDAY
NIGHT WHILE EXPLOSIVELY DEEPENING. THE RESULT WILL LIKELY BE HEAVY
SNOW ACROSS THE INTERIOR AND A WINTRY MIX AS WELL AS SOME HEAVY
SNOW ON THE COASTAL PLAIN AND SOUTHEASTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE. WINDS
WILL BECOME QUITE GUSTY AS WELL. THE COMBINATION OF WIND AND
POTENTIALLY WET SNOW MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. THE SNOW WILL COME
TO AN END FROM SOUTH TO NORTH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY
MORNING. THE EXACT STORM TRACK IS NOT YET KNOWN. A MORE WESTERLY
LOW PRESSURE TRACK WOULD MEAN MORE RAIN AND MIXED PRECIPITATION
FURTHER INLAND. A MORE EASTERLY TRACK WOULD MEAN HEAVIER SNOWS FOR
THE COAST.

INTERIOR YORK-INTERIOR CUMBERLAND-ANDROSCOGGIN-KENNEBEC-
INTERIOR WALDO-COASTAL YORK-COASTAL CUMBERLAND-SAGADAHOC-LINCOLN-
KNOX-COASTAL WALDO-STRAFFORD-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH-
INTERIOR ROCKINGHAM-COASTAL ROCKINGHAM-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HOLLIS...ALFRED...LEBANON...SANFORD...
GOODWINS MILLS...BUXTON...LIMINGTON...BERWICK...NEW GLOUCESTER...
GRAY...NORTH WINDHAM...GORHAM...BRIDGTON...GREENE...LEWISTON...
SABATTUS...WALES...MINOT...TURNER...AUBURN...LIVERMORE FALLS...
AUGUSTA...SIDNEY...WINDSOR...VASSALBORO...WATERVILLE...CHINA...
PALERMO...BROOKS...JACKSON...KNOX...LIBERTY...MONTVILLE...
MORRILL...WALDO...WINTERPORT...UNITY...BIDDEFORD...SACO...
OLD ORCHARD BEACH...KITTERY...PORTLAND...CAPE ELIZABETH...
SOUTH PORTLAND...WESTBROOK...YARMOUTH...BRUNSWICK...ARROWSIC...
BATH...PHIPPSBURG...BOWDOINHAM...TOPSHAM...BOWDOIN...WHITEFIELD...
DRESDEN...ALNA...BREMEN...BRISTOL...DAMARISCOTTA...NEWCASTLE...
BOOTHBAY HARBOR...WISCASSET...WALDOBORO...OWLS HEAD...ROCKLAND...
APPLETON...CAMDEN...HOPE...ROCKPORT...THOMASTON...BELFAST...
NORTHPORT...SEARSMONT...LINCOLNVILLE...BARRINGTON...ROCHESTER...
DOVER...ROLLINSFORD...SOMERSWORTH...DURHAM...MADBURY...
MANCHESTER...PELHAM...NASHUA...SALEM...ATKINSON...NEWTON...
PLAISTOW...CHESTER...DERRY...HAMPSTEAD...EXETER...GREENLAND...
PORTSMOUTH...RYE...HAMPTON...HAMPTON FALLS...NORTH HAMPTON...
SEABROOK

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...POTENTIALLY WITH A PERIOD OF HEAVY
  RAIN OR MIXED PRECIPITATION FOR A TIME THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
  EVENING. THE SNOW THAT FALLS MAY BE HEAVY AND WET.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 MORE MORE INCHES
  POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...THE SNOW OR MIXED PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO FALL
  BETWEEN LATE MORNING AND MID AFTERNOON THURSDAY. THE
  PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVY AT TIMES THURSDAY NIGHT.
  IT WILL END FROM SOUTH TO NORTH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY
  MORNING.

* IMPACTS...THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW EXISTS ALONG WITH A
  PERIOD OF RAIN OR MIXED PRECIPITATION. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
  DIFFICULT AT BEST LATE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. IN ADDITION
  THE SNOW HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE HEAVY AND WET...ESPECIALLY IF
  RAIN FALLS INTO IT AND ADDS ADDITIONAL WEIGHT ON BRANCHES AND
  POWER LINES. THEREFORE POWER OUTAGES ARE A
  POSSIBILITY...ESPECIALLY WHEN COMBINED WITH GUSTY WINDS.

* WINDS...EAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...BETWEEN 30 AND 35 THURSDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

NORTHERN OXFORD-NORTHERN FRANKLIN-CENTRAL SOMERSET-
SOUTHERN OXFORD-SOUTHERN FRANKLIN-SOUTHERN SOMERSET-NORTHERN COOS-
SOUTHERN COOS-NORTHERN GRAFTON-NORTHERN CARROLL-SOUTHERN GRAFTON-
SOUTHERN CARROLL-SULLIVAN-MERRIMACK-BELKNAP-CHESHIRE-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...UPTON...WILSONS MILLS...ANDOVER...
BYRON...MIDDLE DAM...ROXBURY...SOUTH ARM...COBURN GORE...DAVIS...
OQUOSSOC...RANGELEY...AVON...KINGFIELD...PHILLIPS...
NEW PORTLAND...BRASSUA...LONG POND...MOOSEHEAD...PITTSTON FARM...
SEBOOMOOK...BINGHAM...JACKMAN...BETHEL...BRYANT POND...HANOVER...
LOCKE MILLS...MILTON...NEWRY...RUMFORD...NORWAY...FRYEBURG...
OXFORD...FARMINGTON...NEW SHARON...NEW VINEYARD...TEMPLE...
WILTON...CHESTERVILLE...JAY...ATHENS...CORNVILLE...SKOWHEGAN...
PALMYRA...PITTSFIELD...EMBDEN...MADISON...ERROL...MILLSFIELD...
COLEBROOK...BERLIN...DUMMER...MILAN...YORK POND...LANCASTER...
BETHLEHEM...LINCOLN...LITTLETON...SUGAR HILL...THORNTON...
WATERVILLE VALLEY...WOODSTOCK...JACKSON...NORTH CONWAY...ALBANY...
CONWAY...CHATHAM...CRAWFORD NOTCH...LEBANON...LYME...ASHLAND...
ELLSWORTH...HOLDERNESS...PLYMOUTH...RUMNEY...WAKEFIELD...
BRIDGEWATER...BROOKFIELD...OSSIPEE...TUFTONBORO...WOLFEBORO...
MOULTONBOROUGH...CLAREMONT...CORNISH...UNITY...CROYDON...GOSHEN...
GRANTHAM...LEMPSTER...NEWPORT...CHARLESTOWN...BOSCAWEN...
CANTERBURY...CONCORD...DUNBARTON...LOUDON...HOOKSETT...LACONIA...
GILFORD...MEREDITH...GILSUM...KEENE...MARLOW...SULLIVAN...SURRY...
JAFFREY...AMHERST...MILFORD...MONT VERNON...GOFFSTOWN...
PETERBOROUGH...SHARON...HOLLIS...WEARE

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 OR MORE INCHES LIKELY.
  SOME AREAS WILL LIKELY SEE A FOOT OR MORE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL START BETWEEN LATE MORNING AND MID AFTERNOON
  ON THURSDAY AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON
  AND NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL COME TO AN END FROM SOUTH TO NORTH LATE
  THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT AT BEST BY LATE IN THE
  DAY THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. SOME POWER OUTAGES WILL BE
  POSSIBLE WHERE TEMPERATURES LINGER AROUND THE FREEZING MARK DUE
  TO A POTENTIAL PERIOD OF WET SNOW.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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