'One strong storm system' headed to the Northeast
Two separate storm systems are expected to join forces and head toward Maine, bringing about 18 inches of snow to the Midcoast.
At about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8, Courier Publications meteorologist Ken McKinley said the storm was still separate storms, one over Northeastern Ohio and the other near Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The system over Cape Hatteras is expected to move Northeast off the coast, while the Ohio system will move east and its energy will join the other system, become stronger and "swallow" the Ohio system.
"This evening there will be one strong storm system centered 150 miles due east of Atlantic City, N.J.," McKinley said.
McKinley, a professional meteorologist and owner of Locus Weather in Camden is now producing detailed, weekday Local Focus forecasts for Knox County VillageSoup. The segments include a combination of video and images. The inaugural video was launched Feb. 8. It can be viewed by selecting the "Weather" tab on the top of the page or clicking here.
By the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9, the system will be east of Nantucket, where it will hover for awhile before pulling east and becoming stronger, McKinley said.
The snowfall during the day Feb. 8 is from an offshoot of a northern system and will stay fairly light throughout the day, producing about three inches by sunset. As the ocean system pushes north, there will be strong, heavy winds and snow.
The heaviest amount of snow is expected after midnight and the heavy winds will produce a lot of blowing and drifting, he said.
Seven to 10 inches of snow is expected overnight. The system is expected to stall Saturday and "it's going to keep piling on," McKinley said. In total, the Midcoast is expected to get about 18 inches of light, fluffy snow.
"The message is: don't go anywhere tonight or tomorrow morning... conditions are horrible and dangerous," he said.
On the brighter side, McKinley said a "Sunglasses warning" is in effect for Sunday, Feb. 10.
The following events have been canceled or rescheduled:
Georges River Land Trust and Highlands Coffee House’s screening of “In the Blood” has been postponed to Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Coffee House, Thomaston.
Rave On’s free 21-and-older show has been postponed to Friday, March 1 at Trackside Station, Rockland.
The Great Cabin Fever Escape Dance Party Part II Saturday, Feb. 9, on the third floor of the Camden Opera House has been postponed. New date and venue will be announced; all tickets will be honored.
The Celebration for Health and Healing for Dirk Vandersloot is postponed to Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rockland Congregational Church.
The Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club has postponed the annual snowfest and fishing derby until Saturday, Feb. 23. The beef stew and fish chowder public supper sponsored by the Masons has also been postponed to the same date.
Oceanside High School’s Polar Plunge has been postponed due to predicted weather and tide levels. A new date will be announced, in the beginning of March.
Owls Head Town Office is closing at noon Feb. 8.
The Knox County Administrative Offices, Knox County Superior Court, and the Rockland District Court will be closing at noon due to the winter storm.
The Rockland Public Library will be closing Feb. 8 at noon and will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9. It will reopen Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.
Both Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screenings at Camden Hills Regional High School’s Strom Auditorium have been postponed to a one-night-only event Tuesday, Feb. 12. Advance tickets for either Feb. 8 or 9 will be honored.
Rockport Town Office will close Feb. 8, at noon.
St. George Town Office is closed Feb. 8 due to inclement weather.
Benefit supper for Bill Roscoe, wife of the late Lori Roscoe who died unexpectedly Dec. 17., has been postponed to Saturday, March. 9, at 4:30 p.m at Warren Odd Fellows Hall.
Mid Coast Solid Waste will close Feb. 8 at noon likely open late Saturday, Feb. 9 due to snow removal.
A pruning workshop, sponsored by the Small Woodland Association of Maine, slated for Feb. 9 on Church St. in Hope, has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Rockland City Hall and transfer station are closing Feb. 8, at noon. City-wide parking ban in effect from 2 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Rockland Recreation Center will be closing Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.
Harbor Family Services (Rockport and Northport locations) will be closed Feb. 8 due to the storm.
Rockland Lodge of Elks 1008 Feb. 8 supper has been postponed until Friday, Feb 15.
The Teen Center/YMCA’s contra dance at Camden-Rockport Middle School has been postponed to May 10.
Warren Town Office is closing Feb. 8 at noon. The Warren Transfer Station will be closed Feb. 8 and 9.
Rockland Savings Bank's Rockland and Waldoboro branches will close Feb. 8, at 1 p.m.
Rockport Town Office and Rockport Public Library will close at noon Friday, Feb. 8.
Comedian Justin McKinney’s Saturday, Feb. 9, show at the Camden Opera House has been rescheduled to March 2; all tickets will be honored.
Hope Town Office will close Feb. 8, at noon.
The Thomaston Town Office will close Feb. 8, at noon.
The Camden Public Library will be closing Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., and remain closed through Saturday, due to the snowstorm. It will reopen as usual Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.
Loyal Biscuit locations in Camden, Rockland and Belfast will be closing Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.
All state of Maine offices to close Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
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