Cold front poised to freeze slushy Midcoast

By Bane Okholm | Jan 16, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm A man shovels the sidewalk in front of Rockland's Farnsworth Art Museum Jan. 16.

Rockland — Locus Weather's Ken McKinley said the "fairly weak system" dropping snow on the Midcoast should bring relatively little in the way of accumulation, but frigid weather is following close behind.

According to McKinley, light snow will continue through the afternoon of Jan. 16, with brief bouts of increased precipitation. Areas south of Rockland may experience a rainy mix, and total snowfall should not exceed 4 to 5 inches in the interior of Knox County.

McKinley said the weather system was “not a huge storm by any means."

Precipitation should come to a halt the evening of Jan. 16, McKinley said, and while "slushy" temperatures should continue through the night, the Midcoast region will likely experience a late morning cold front on Jan. 17 that may be accompanied by brief snow showers.

Temperatures should drop into the teens late in the day Jan. 17, accompanied by gusting winds. McKinley recommended that slushy areas around driveways be cleared in the morning before icing over later in the day.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said in an email sent at 2 p.m. Wednesday that deputies had responded to 12 reports of vehicular accidents and vehicles off the road since shortly after 8 a.m. She stated that of the dozen incidents just one resulted in a complaint of personal injury.

McKinley said roads should be treated and cleaned up by the time for freezing temperatures on Jan. 17, but icy patches may linger on roadways.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner contributed to this report.

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