Holiday Weekend Forecast

White Christmas chances high as active pattern continues
By Meteorologist Tyler Southard | Dec 21, 2017

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas this year, you are in luck. The Midcoast will see two storms during the holiday weekend that will make for a pretty winter scene but create a mess for those traveling over the river and through the woods. I will break it down for you day by day so you can know what to expect.

 

 

 

Friday

The cold air that moved in Thursday will be locked into the region Friday morning making for the coldest start so far this week with lows in the teens and single digits with wind chill values nearing 0 in spots. The day will start off cloudy with clouds eventually giving way to light snow during the early to mid afternoon from west to east. Afternoon highs will climb into the low 20s. Snow will continue into the night and pick up in intensity. Some mixing of rain and sleet may occur for the islands and peninsulas during the mid to late night as warm air starts to nudge in from the south. Most locations will see 3" to 6" by sunrise Saturday with lesser amounts possible along the immediate coast.

 

Saturday

Temperatures will steadily rise Friday night and into Saturday morning reaching the 30s at the coast with 20s inland. Warm air will continue to punch inland through Saturday making for a gradual change in precipitation through the day. Snow will change to a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain making for an icy mess. Ice accumulation potential will be highest away from the coast where cold surface air will hold on longer while the immediate coast will see a warmer rain. Travel will be hazardous during this period and isolated power outages will be possible in locations that see accumulating ice. Afternoon temperatures will range from the upper 20s inland to near 40 at the coast. Rain and winter mix will taper off Saturday night as temperatures dip back to the 20s for most.

 

Sunday

Christmas eve will be a quiet day and a break between the two storms. Clouds will linger through the day with occasional peaks of sun with high temperatures in the mid 30s. There will likely be many icy spots especially on untreated roads in the wake of Saturday's mix.

 

Monday

Another storm will move into the region Sunday night with snow developing across the Midcoast by sunrise Christmas morning. Snow will continue through the day and be heavy at times before winding down during the early night. It is still early to say exactly how much snow we'll see from this Christmas storm, but it could be another 3" to 6". High temperatures will range from the mid 20s to low 30s.

 

Tuesday

We'll see clearing into Tuesday as the storm exits and arctic cold pushes into the region. This will bring highs down to the teens and 20s and low in the teens and single digits. The cold will remain through the rest of the week.

Snow moves into the Midcoast Friday afternoon.
Snow changes to an icy mix for Saturday.
Most locations will see 3 to 6 inches of snow for Friday and Friday night.
Forecast ice accumulation on Saturday
Skies will stay cloudy for Sunday.
More snow moves in for Monday.
Forecast snow totals for Monday
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