Weekend storms could leave Midcoast measuring snow by the foot
Rockport — With snowstorms in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, weather remains in the news.
Friday afternoon, Feb. 10, Tyler Southard, VStv chief meteorologist, issued the following forecast: As we clean up from our Thursday winter storm that left 6 to 12 inches across the Midcoast, our sights turn to the weekend and early next week as the weather pattern remains active.
The main weather story for Friday and Friday night will be the bitter cold with temperatures in the teens and single digits and wind chill values of zero to 10 below zero Fahrenheit, as cold air pushes in from the northwest. The cold air will set the stage for more accumulating snow over the coming days.
A weaker area of low pressure will move in from the northwest Saturday with light snow developing around sunrise. Snow will continue through the day and pick up in intensity during the afternoon and evening as low pressure reaches the warmer waters of the Gulf of Maine, strengthening the storm. Snowfall rates will decrease into the overnight as the storm system exits with a few lingering light snow showers possible through the night and into Sunday morning. Wind will be lighter with this storm with sustained winds out of the northeast between 5 and 15 mph.Two to 5 inches of snow will be likely through Saturday, with the highest totals along the coast and lower inland.
Skies will remain cloudy into Sunday morning with occasional light snow showers as a more potent area of low pressure begins to take shape off the Mid-Atlantic coast. This will push in more organized and steady snowfall during the afternoon and evening as the storm intensifies, moving northeast into the Gulf of Maine. The storm will stall and linger over the Gulf of Maine through Monday as it continues to intensify, driving heavy snow into the Midcoast with north winds becoming sustained between 30 and 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. This is expected to be a heavier and wetter snow than Thursday's storm with the storm center closer to the coast, allowing for milder air to nudge in with highs near or slightly above the freezing mark. The combination of wet, heavy snow and strong winds will likely result in some power outages. Snow will come to an end Monday night.
If the current track holds, snowfall totals are likely to be high with this storm with many spots across the state in the one- to two-foot range with higher amounts possible for far Downeast Maine. A shift further south and/or east would result in lower snow totals. This current forecast is subject to change as the situation continues to develop, so it is important to check back for forecast updates through the weekend here and on the Midcoast Weather Center website, vstv.me/programs/weather.
The following weather-related announcements have been received:
• The Gifts of Immigration to American Culture presentation, a Camden Conference Community Event, Sunday afternoon at Cushing Public Library has been postponed to Sunday, Feb. 26.
• Cindy Millar's Gardenia ensemble's jazz Valentine's concert Sunday afternoon at Rock City Café in Rockland has been postponed to Feb. 19.
• Harbor Square Gallery's Sunday afternoon concert by Sara Grey has been canceled.
Additional announcements will be posted as they come in. Other cancellations may be found by clicking the Bulletins banner.
This story will be updated as further information is received.