The first batch of snow was falling in the Midcoast New Year’s Eve afternoon, making for poor conditions.

 

Local police and ambulance crews were responding to a variety of vehicular accidents, including a collision on Old County Road in Rockport and a car off Route 73 in Spruce Head. In Camden, the stop sign at the intersection of Grove Street and Route 52 was flattened by a car, and public works crews in towns were heading out onto roads to get the sanding and plowing started.

 

While weather forecasts for the weekend were changing, the outlook appeared to be gray, with snow.

 

According to the National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, light snow was to fall Thursday night, and motorists were urged to exercise caution. A total of 1 to 3 inches of snow was expected to fall along the Midcoast.

 

A winter storm watch is in effect for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1, 2 and 3, with the potential for heavy snow and gusty winds. Weather watchers are keeping their eyes on a complex storm, as low pressure is expected to develop off the southern New England coast and track toward the northeast. The storm will head east, and then may shift back toward the coastline Saturday night, bringing even more snow.

 

According to NOAA, snowfall could amount to 6 inches or more, possibly mixing with rain along the immediate coast on Friday, Jan. 1. If the storm moves back toward the coast Saturday night, more snow could fall.

 

The following was the forecast for Rockport as of Thursday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m.

 

Late afternoon: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 31. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday night: Snow showers. Patchy fog after 7 p.m. Low around 28. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

New Year’s Day: Snow showers. Patchy fog. High near 35. Northeast wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday night: Snow. Low around 26. Northeast wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Saturday: Snow. High near 29. Blustery, with a north wind between 17 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Saturday night: Occasional snow. Low around 28. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Sunday: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday night: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Monday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.

 

 


 

Cancellations

In light of the severe weather forecast, the Rockland Congregational Church’s Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival has been postponed from the weekend of Jan. 2 and 3 to the weekend of Jan. 9 and 10. Performances will be at 2 and 4:30 p.m. both days, and tickets for all shows are still available. Presold tickets will be honored for the same day and performance time on Jan. 9 and 10. Ticket holders who wish to exchange for another performance must take their tickets to the Rockland Congregational Church during office hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday. For more information, call 594-8656 during office hours.