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Weather Brief Feb 25, 2020

Midcoast Forecast - February 25, 2020 PM

Clouds have rolled back into the region on Tuesday as a weak cold front sinks south and a broad area of low pressure approaches from the southwest. Along with clouds, we've been tracking pockets of light rain through the day, mainly across interior sections of Maine. Temperatures have remained mild despite the clouds with highs reaching the mid to upper 40s during the afternoon. The cold front moving south through Maine will usher in slightly colder air for the mid week, setting the stage for widespread snow with rain at the coast. The approaching low will stall our over the Ohio River Valley through Tuesday night then move northeast through Wednesday that will keep clouds in place along with spotty light rain. The low will strengthen Thursday as it moves toward New England bringing moderate to heavy snow inland and soaking rain along the coast. Organized snow and rain will move in early Thursday morning and ramp up into the midday hours before ending during the mid to late afternoon. Temperatures along the coast will likely hold above freezing during this time making for a mainly rain event, but temperatures about 10 to 20 miles inland will be near or below freezing setting the stage for some snow mix with 1" to 3" of accumulation. Snow amounts will ramp up further north and in the western Maine mountains where more cold air will be available. East winds will be strong during this storm with peak gusts of 40mph to 50mph possible along the coast, peaking around noon on Thursday. This may result in power outages especially for areas that see accumulating wet snow. Winds will also build seas to around 10 feet offshore. We'll see gradually clearing Friday and into the weekend as colder air settles into the region.

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