Forecast Update

Blizzard of March 2017 is one for the record books

More snow this weekend
By Chief Meteorologist Tyler Southard | Mar 15, 2017
Source: Tyler Southard Visible satellite image taken Tuesday shows the expanse of the nor'easter as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard.

The Midcoast is digging out after its latest winter storm dropped around a foot of snow across the regionTuesday. The powerful late season nor'easter brought blizzard conditions to the area from mid-afternoon and into the early nighttime hours, with strong wind and heavy snow resulting in little to no visibility. Wind gusts ranged from 40 to 59 mph across the Midcoast with a gust of 72 mph recorded offshore at Matinicus Rock between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The combination of strong wind and wet heavy snow resulted in thousands of power outages across the area.

The intrusion of warmer air along the coast resulted in a wetter and more compact snow, with snow changing to sleet and rain during the tail end of the storm. This created a layer of ice on top of the snow that made for a cement-like composition. The 14.2 inches recorded at the Bangor Airport Tuesday makes it the third-greatest single-day March snowfall on record at that climate reporting station. The number-one event occurred in 1984 at 17.2 inches; 16.3 inches was recorded at the Portland Jetport, also making for a third-greatest recorded single-day March snowfall for that location. The number-one event for Portland occurred in 1939 at 19.8 inches.

Areas of sunshine returned Wednesday morning with breezy west to southwest winds. Clouds will fill in during the afternoon and evening with a few snow showers possible with little to no accumulation. Temperatures will range in the 20s and 30s during the afternoon and dip into the teens during the overnight. This cooler trend will continue for Thursday and Friday with a mix of sun and clouds and lighter winds as high pressure nudges in from the south.

A clipper system will move in from the west for the weekend that will bring additional snow to the area. Initial thoughts are a lighter snow with 3 to 6 inches from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. This forecast will be further refined as the event draws closer.

A collection of preliminary snowfall totals across Midcoast Maine from Tuesday, March 14. (Source: Tyler Southard)
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