PORTLAND, Maine — I'm pretty sure nobody likes rain in the winter. The lack of cold this year is glaring, and it's made it very tough for storms to remain all snow this season. Our next storm presents similar issues. It's cold enough to start as snow, but mild air will chip it away very quickly, and rain will become the big player again with this storm system.
Flurries are possible for the first half of the day on Thursday, but roads will be fine for the morning commute. Steadier snow will slide in during the middle of the day and continue through the afternoon hours.
Milder air will begin working in off the ocean this afternoon, and rain will mix in with the flakes along the coast.
The snow will be intermittent for a while, so travel will be slowed but not crippling later Thursday. However, roads will be either snow-covered, slushy, or wet, so drive cautiously.
The rain/snow line will continue to penetrate inland through the night and most areas will be seeing rain by Friday morning. The rain will be heavy, too, with some windswept downpours. Drainage issues may be a problem when the rain falls hard, so Friday morning's commute will likely be slowed.
The rain will taper off during the middle of the day, and Friday afternoon will be much better and balmy, too, with temps around 50.
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