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Weather Brief Mar 01, 2018

Midcoast Forecast - March 1, 2018

Happy first day of Meteorological Spring! It has felt like spring for the start of March first  with a few rounds of early morning rain showers and temperatures climbing into the 40s and 50s as sunshine made a return. Clouds will build back in Thursday night as our next storm approaches, and this one is going to be a beast.

An area of low pressure will move out of the Ohio River Valley and set up south of Cape Cod Friday while rapidly intensifying over the region. This will lead to more rounds of rain showers along the coast Friday with strong northeast winds becoming the bigger story. While rain will be relatively light overall the wind will get cranking between 20 and 30mph with gusts up to 50mph possible. This will make for rough surf with seas across Penobscot Bay increasing to around 6 feet south and 3 feet north with waves up to 20 feet offshore. There is a chance for minor coastal flooding around the time of high tide Friday around 11am and 11pm. Winds will be strongest over the central Gulf of Maine and into Massachusetts where gusts could reach hurricane force, over 70mph.

Rain may briefly change to light snow late Friday before clearing with little to no accumulation as the storm slowly starts pulls off to the south and east. The storm will linger just off to the southeast through the weekend continuing to provide cloudy skies and blustery winds as highs drop back down into the 30s.


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