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Active weather returns to Maine to start 2022

A lot of rain, a little bit of snow, and an open door to the Arctic. The new year starts off active, to say the least.

MAINE, USA — 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Happy New Year!

Well, almost. We've still got a day to get through before the new year is here.

All things considered, this forecast could certainly have much larger impacts.

Still, there's plenty of weather to talk about for the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.

On Friday, high temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 30s with isolated spots along the coast in the low 40s.

The day looks quiet overall, but that changes at night.

Moisture returns to Maine out ahead of the wet weekend storm. A few more rain and snow showers are expected right around the start of the new year, but this is just an appetizer of what's to come on Saturday.

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Overnight, temperatures across southern and central Maine will be near or above freezing.

Any rain that falls will not have a chance to freeze, especially as things warm up through the day Saturday.

Northern Maine, on the other hand, has the potential for some snow showers. Watch for slick spots to develop, especially if you have plans for New Year's Eve.

Saturday begins overcast and mostly dry, but there's a big thing working in our favor ... temperatures will generally be near freezing, even inland.

Still, some drizzle or light showers might move through during the early morning.

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Given the light nature of the precip and the possibility of some sneaky drizzle to move in, watch untreated surfaces across inland areas on Saturday morning.

The coastline will be too warm for anything frozen at all.

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The first round of rain heavier and steadier rain rolls through midday.

While cold air tries to stay wedged in place, temperatures above 32° will mean just plain rain for most of Maine.

Northern Maine and the mountains might see a bit of wintry mix as this precip rolls in.

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A steadier, heavier round of rain moves through on Saturday evening. Again, temperatures will mostly be above freezing, so I expect limited impacts from this.

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The cold front rolls through Sunday, briefly popping temperatures into the 40s before they fall back quickly.

As cold air moves in, it will be chasing moisture.

I've said this multiple times this week and I will say it again now: Moisture chasing cold air is almost never a good way to get big snow totals. However, it could be enough for some travel issues to pop up.

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These are the forecast snow totals on Sunday through Monday morning.

Highest totals are expected in the mountains and across the County.

Central Maine could see a couple of inches to freshen things back up after the rain washes all of the snow away.

Coastal areas will see, at most, an inch. Many will see less than this, though.

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It's behind this storm when Arctic air can return to Maine.

High temperatures will only be in the low to mid-20s.

Add in gusts from the north or northwest between 20 and 30 mph, it will feel much colder than this!

On the bright side, the wind will help to dry roads up, so a flash freeze is not a big concern following the rain and snow from the weekend.

Things are looking milder by the middle of the week.

Have a wonderful end to 2021 and I hope 2022 treats you (and all of us) better than the last couple of years.

You can follow me on Twitter, @MikeSliferWX, for more.

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