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Weather Brief Feb 26, 2020

Midcoast Forecast - February 26, 2020 PM

Wednesday has been a cloudy but mild day with highs once again reaching the low to mid 40s. The clouds are moving in ahead of a broad area of low pressure that will bring rain, snow, and strong wind to Maine on Thursday prompting wind and winter weather advisories across the Midcoast. The low will exit the Ohio River Valley and move into the northeast Wednesday night and early Thursday morning as it steadily intensifies. 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. Rain totals along the coast will range between 1" to 2".

East winds will be strong during this storm with peak gusts of 40mph to 55mph 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 8-12 feet offshore.

We'll see gradually clearing and brisk west winds on Friday and into the weekend as colder air settles into the region. The cold will be short lived as mild air returns during the early week with highs back into the 40s and another round of rain on Tuesday.

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