MAINE, USA — Grab your jackets! Hold on to your hats!
Wind gusts and flurries are back in the forecast Thursday. Add in high temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s, and it will be hard to believe May starts in just about one week. Classic Maine.
This will be short-lived, though. The wind lingers into Friday, but temperatures will be back into the 50s. Saturday will be sunny with highs in the 60s.
Still, I think it's worth chatting about what to expect today.
This morning brought another bout of snow showers. Accumulations were generally wet and heavy, and should melt pretty quickly.
As the storm exits east, forcing for showers will weaken. A drying trend is expected through the day.
The only spots that will stay unsettled are the high peaks in western Maine, where upslope flow could keep the flurries going.
High temperatures are going to be chilly. Most only make it to near 40 degrees. Add in the strong wind gusts, and it will feel even colder!
Gusts get stronger in the late morning. The strongest will be around 40 mph...possibly slightly higher.
With a west-northwest direction, I don't think power outages are likely. Some isolated issues may pop up, but widespread outages are not expected.
It stays pretty gusty on Friday. Drier air moves in, with temperatures climbing back into the 50s. Gusts will not be as strong as they were Thursday, but still noticeable.
Milder and calmer weather is slated for Saturday. Highs will be into the 60s with lots of sunshine. Enjoy! This is the pick of the weekend.
Showers begin in western Maine on Sunday morning. Eventually, it overspreads all of Maine.
Rain could be heavy at times.
It lingers into Monday morning, when wind gusts pick up. Again.
With a little luck, though, we will see an inch or so of rain. We need it. Best chance for more than that is in eastern Maine.
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