Forecast Update:

A Winter Storm is in effect for the Midcoast for Saturday night and Sunday. Forecast snow total accumulations have been shifted down to account for a longer duration of sleet and freezing rain during this winter storm. Impacts remain high with travel and power outage hazards increasing due to the increased icing potential and strong winds, especially along the coast. Precipitation will start as snow during the early night Saturday with steady accumulation through the late night and early Sunday morning with a change over to sleet during the mid morning with pockets of freezing rain along the coast. This will continue into the afternoon and evening with a brief change over back to snow as the the storm exits east Sunday night. Light snow showers will linger in the wake of the storm on Monday as cold air continues to pump in from the north with wind chill values dipping to -15 to -25 through the early week.

 

Previous Forecast:

A winter storm was dumping snow and sleet in the Midcoast Sunday with freezing rain expected to fall along the coast.

There are parking bans and cancellations.

The Rockland parking ban prohibits parking of any vehicles upon on city streets and municipal parking lots, starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday until 8 a.m. Monday and then again from 10 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Vehicles found in non- compliance with the snow emergency parking ban, which interfere with the operation of any snow removal equipment or any emergency vehicle will be towed. The cost of removal and storage of any vehicle shall be paid by the owner or operator.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said the recreation center parking lot is available for parking during the storm and clean-up period.

The Camden and Rockport Police Departments issued a winter parking ban reminder Jan. 18 and recommended plans for proper and safe parking of vehicles be followed in advance of a major snowstorm predicted to hit the Midcoast the evening of Jan. 19.

The town of Camden overnight parking ban is currently in effect, and runs through April 1. Parking restrictions include a ban on leaving vehicles for more than 30 minutes on any Camden street between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m.

The town of Rockport parking ban is also in effect and extends through April 15. All on-street and highway parking is prohibited from midnight to 6 a.m.

“A violation can earn the registered vehicle owner a parking ticket and if it is determined the parked vehicle is impeding and interfering with snow removal, it is subject to towing at the owner’s expense," Police Chief Randy Gagne said.

A list of cancellations is posted here.

Maine Water advised customers to make sure to take preventive actions to avoid frozen pipes. The tips to avoid frozen pipes is available here. Bitter cold temperatures Sunday night through Tuesday morning could lead to frozen or burst pipes. One advice is to leave water dripping from faucets.

The forecast has led to the postponement of a benefit spaghetti dinner and raffle that had been scheduled for Sunday  at the Rockland Ellks Lodge, 210 Rankin St. to benefit the family of Officer Ken Smith and his wife, Patricia. Their baby girl has experienced significant medical issues.

The benefit has been rescheduled to noon, Saturday, Feb. 2.

The cold air will be moving back in through Saturday with lows back into the single digits and highs only in the teens. Our weather will ramp up for the second half of the weekend with a potent storm system set to move in from the west with heavy snow and winter mix starting Saturday night and continuing through Sunday. As of Friday afternoon, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for all of Midcoast Maine due to the incoming storm. This will be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning Friday night.

Our Sunday winter storm will be the biggest snow event so far this winter with one to two feet of snow likely leading to high and widespread impacts. Snow will start between 7pm and 10pm Saturday night and continue through Sunday before coming to an end early Sunday night. Warm air will nose in aloft from the south during the late morning and into the afternoon as the center of our storm passes west to east through the Gulf of Maine that will likely lead to a period of sleet for the coast of Maine before changing back to snow after dark. Snowfall rates will range around 1 inch per hour during this storm and could increase between 2 to 3 inches per hour for some spots during the peak of the storm Sunday morning. This will be a light and fluffy snow for the most part with temperatures holding in the single digits and teens through the day with wind chill values ranging -10 to -20 at times Sunday. Cold air will be forced in from high pressure to the north pumping in the bitter cold through the weekend. These winds will be breezy out of the northeast and north between 10mph to 20mph with gusts to 30mph during the event but not strong enough to cause widespread power outages. Snow will not be as sticky as well, so downed trees and branches is also less of a concern.

Clouds will linger on Monday with another round of flurries possible as the storm exits to the east. The coldest shot of air to be felt this winter will move in behind this storm with lows dipping below 0 and highs only in the single digits. Our weather stays active with another storm will be arriving Wednesday that could bring snow and rain mix for the mid week as temperatures rebound to the upper 30s to near 40.

High tides on Sunday will be 9:36 a.m. and 10:20 p.m. in Rockland.