Saturday, February 11, 2017

Blizzard Watch Extended To Mid Coast

Blizzard Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Gray ME
420 PM EST Sat Feb 11 2017

...Major coastal storm on the way for Sunday afternoon through
Monday...

.Although some light snow and patchy freezing drizzle will fall
through the evening hours tonight, the main storm will arrive on
Sunday and continue through Monday as strong low pressure develops
in the Gulf of Maine. The worst part of the storm will be later
Sunday night through at least midday monday where very heavy snow
will combine with strong winds to create blizzard or near-blizzard
conditions. In addition, some rain may mix in with the snow for a
time on the coast Sunday afternoon and night, with the snow itself
being heavy and wet. This in tandem with increasing winds may
allow for power outages to occur. If blizzard conditions appear
imminent for late Sunday night and Monday, a subsequent blizzard
warning may be issued for portions of the coastal plain where
winds will be highest.

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Including the cities of Arrowsic, Bath, Phippsburg, Bowdoinham,
Topsham, Bowdoin, Whitefield, Dresden, Alna, Bremen, Bristol,
Damariscotta, Newcastle, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Waldoboro,
Owls Head, Rockland, Appleton, Camden, Hope, Rockport,
and Thomaston
420 PM EST Sat Feb 11 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM SUNDAY TO 4 AM EST
MONDAY...
...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY
EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Gray has issued a Winter Storm
Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from 2 PM Sunday to 4
AM EST Monday. A Blizzard Watch has also been issued. This
Blizzard Watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday
evening. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow.

* Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches.

* TIMING...Some light snow and patchy freezing drizzle may fall
  this evening and intermittently overnight. Snow is then
expected to redevelop Sunday afternoon and become heavy at times
Sunday night and Monday. Winds will increase and become strong
late Sunday night and Monday and allow for blowing and drifting
along with very low visibilities.

* IMPACTS...Treacherous travel, low visibilities, and the
  potential for power outages. Blizzard conditions will be
  possible late Sunday night and Monday.

* Winds...Northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* Temperatures...In the lower 20s.

* Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times.

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.

A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or
blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities.
This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very
dangerous.



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