It's been a while since we've had a decent sized snowfall here in Maine. Snowfall across the board was several inches below average in January and so far, February has been fairly quiet. But that all changes on Wednesday. Here are 10 things you should know about Wednesday's storm.
1) Snow will begin in York and Cumberland Counties during the pre-dawn hours heading into Wednesday morning, impacting the morning commute. A couple inches will have fallen by the end of the morning commute.
2) Snow will overspread the remainder of the southern two-thirds of Maine through the morning.
3) Steadiest snow will fall over southern Maine from mid-morning through mid-afternoon over southern Maine; late-morning through evening over central and eastern Maine.
4) Final snowfall tallies will be heaviest over southern Maine with lesser amounts as you travel north. Here is the latest snowfall forecast from NEWS CENTER.
5) The County will hardly see a flake of snow, save for extreme southern locations. The mountains will likely get enough to freshen the ski slopes a bit.
6) Airport delays at both PWM and BGR are likely due to the snow not only here in Maine, but in some of the destinations of these two airports. Snow will also cause problems in New York City, Newark, and Philadelphia. You can check ahead with Portland International Jetport and Bangor International Airport for specifics before, during, and after the storm.
7) Winds will not be particularly ferocious with this storm -- from the northeast gusting to 20-25 mph.
8) Temperatures during the storm will be in the 20s to near 30 right along the coast, yielding a rain-to-snow ratio of somewhere close to 1:12 (1" of water would equal 12" of snow).
9) Tides are coming down off of their astronomically high phase. High tides are during the 3pm hour on Wednesday, during which time, low pressure will be starting to head out. For this reason, coastal flooding does not appear likely.
10) Another larger storm is possible by the end of this weekend. Of course, it's still much too early to talk about specific numbers. It's also worth mentioning that the European Model that we've all come to know and love over the last few years is showing that next storm passing well south. It's something to keep an eye on.