MAINE, USA — It's easy to forget now that the growing season is over, but we're still in a drought. Rainfall deficits have not been erased and we still need to chip away at them.
We will do that Monday, as a quick-moving system brings a round of rain to the state.
Most of us will end up with around 1" of rain and it's likely many towns end up with more than that.
But it will be cold enough tonight for the precipitation to begin as snow in the mountains. Snow showers will develop late this evening. Near and north of Route 2, a coating to 2" of accumulation is expected. Some flakes will fly south of there too. Closer to the coast, it will be warm enough for mist or drizzle as the precipitation begins.
The last to see a changeover will be the Allagash, where a few inches of snow are expected.
Early Monday morning, some slick spots will linger near Route 2 and in the valleys. Check the thermometer before you head out in the morning; if it's still in the low to mid 30s, be careful.
Elsewhere, temperatures will be warming up into the 40s. At 6 a.m., heavier rain in New Hampshire and Massachusetts will start to move into southern Maine.
Rain, heavy at times, continues through the morning and starts to shift into Downeast Maine around noon. Accompanying this rain will be a gusty southerly wind. For most, this will not be a damaging wind, with gusts in the 30-40 mph range tops. But in Downeast Maine, some gusts between 40-50 mph may be enough to cause isolated outages.
A Wind Advisory has been issued for the Downeast coast due to this potential.
Rain will come to an end in the Portland area around 3 p.m. Monday. It will take until closer to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. for the rain to end in the Bangor area.
Behind this system, it turns windy and colder into Tuesday. Upslope snow showers are likely in the mountains too.
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