Travel Wednesday over much of the western half of Maine is likely to be slick from overnight snowfall. Snowfall rates as much as 1″+ per hour at times may make driving treacherous for many areas in time for the morning commute. Conditions will slowly improve during the day, but light snow appears to remain steady for southern areas until late afternoon.
While this graphic here is very similar to the one posted in the previous update, the track has adjusted just slightly north which keeps the southwest coast of Maine a bit on the edge of the rain & snow lines.
Any areas that start off as rain Tuesday night appear to change to snow once the precipitation intensifies overnight. Snow appears to fall along the coast and coastal interior at rates of 1″+ an hour for a brief time in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
By the time daylight comes Wednesday morning, much of the southwestern part of the state sees 2-5″ of snow on the ground, which will continue through the morning. Areas of the western mountains over toward Greenville down to Bangor will see snow end by mid-morning. By noon interior parts of central Maine around Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston-Auburn are likely to see the snowfall end. The shorelines of the MidCoast and southwest coast are likely to see precipitation end by late afternoon, around the time of the evening commute.
Snowfall Idea Remains Consistent
No changes to the above snowfall map that was posted last night, as models have remained fairly consistent in their ideas.
Areas for this to potentially over perform continue to appear to be interior York, Southern Oxford and interior Cumberland Counties. Where this system may under perform are areas to the north and east, especially the mountains, Moosehead, to Bangor and western coastal Hancock County.
Northern and eastern areas are spectators for this event, but that changes Wednesday night.
Light Snow Statewide Wednesday Night Into Thursday
A weak trough trails the Wednesday storm which brings another round of snowfall for much of the state Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Accumulations from this event appear to be in the 1-3″ range from roughly Portland to Fryeburg north to the Crown, with northern areas likely to be on the high end, and southern areas on the low end. This period of light snow ends over southern areas by daylight, Bangor and central areas by mid-morning, and eastern zones by around noon.
I will be live blogging this event with my first update between 4 and 5 AM Wednesday morning. Be sure to check the Pine Tree Weather / Bangor Daily News site frequently during the morning.
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