Midcoast misses East Coast storm
Gray — ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED EARLY AS STORM IS FARTHER OUT TO SEA THAN ORIGINALLY PROJECTED.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Knox and Lincoln counties, as well as coastal areas of Waldo County, to go into effect 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, and continue to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The advisory also includes coastal Cumberland County; coastal and interior York County; and Sagadahoc County.
Due to the edge of a large system that is affecting parts of the Eastern Seaboard to the south more directly, snow and blowing snow are expected Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Very cold arctic air and gusty winds will create dangerously cold wind chills across northern New Hampshire and the mountains and foothills of western Maine.
Snow will develop over southern New Hampshire late Tuesday, then spread northeast along the Maine coast during the evening. Snow will continue through Wednesday morning, then let up around midday. Total snow accumulations are expected to range from 3 to 6 inches. Strong northerly winds will create considerable blowing and drifting snow, increasing the impact from this snowfall.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Motorists should use caution and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.
Winds will blow from the north at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph. Combined with temperatures of zero to 10, this will result in wind chill readings of 5 to 15 below zero. At the height of the storm, visibilities will be a half mile or less at times from snow and blowing snow.
To access NOAA weather warnings by state and county directly, visit nws.noaa.gov. The Warnings/Advisories tab of Villagesoup’s Weather link always carries current advisories for Midcoast Maine.