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Weather Brief Jan 11, 2018

Midcoast Forecast - January 11, 2018

Spring is in the air with temperature climbing into the 40s and 50s during the late week. We'll add rain showers to the mix on Friday as a cold front approaches from the west. We'll start off cloudy Friday morning with some isolated light rain moving through then more organized soaking rain will move in during the afternoon and pick up in intensity into the overnight. The rain and warm temperatures will eat away at snowpack and create some areas of minor flooding through the day. Areas of patch fog will develop Friday and become locally dense into the overnight hours.

The front will stall out off the coast on Saturday as an area of low pressure moves up the front from southwest to northeast pushing in another batch of moisture. This will collide with cold air rushing in from the north through the day that will create a batch of sleet and freezing rain across much of Maine with snow further north. The Midcoast will start off with rain first thing Saturday morning then change to freezing rain then sleet around the late morning and early afternoon as the cold air rushes toward the coast from the north. The winter mix will come to and end by the mid to late afternoon as the storm departs to the east and the front pulls further offshore. There may be some lingering snow showers into the early night mainly Downeast with all precipitation ending by 8pm. With temperatures dropping into the teens Saturday night, any standing water will flash freeze.

The best chance for icing will be across interior sections of the state that will see temperatures drop below freezing earlier Saturday morning while the heavier precipitation is still moving through. The Midcoast has a lower risk with rain hanging in longer but chances of ice could increase if the plunge of colder air speeds up.

Cold air will continue to move in through Sunday and into the early week with lows back to the single digits and highs in the teens.

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