I'm personally not a huge fan of the rainy Monday morning....not many people are I would imagine. It's especially unfortunate if it's raining during show time because I believe the roof of our studio is made from a combination of tin foil, Elmer's glue and percussion cymbal. (Seriously listen closely the next time it's raining hard in Portland)
The good news is that the heaviest rain is rapidly pushing off to the northeast and into Canada.
Today: The consistent rain has ended for most of the state but continues over northern and Downeast Maine. There is also some mountain and foothill snow that has been accumulating since very early this morning. All of this activity will pull out of the state by noon and clearing will take place over southern and central Maine. This clearing will allow temperatures to pop up in a hurry over the southern 1/3 or so of Maine, into the upper 50s in spots. Meanwhile Downeast and northern Maine will remain in the upper 40s with a lack of sunshine. Any sunshine will be short lived, however, as a trailing cold front will pull through in the afternoon with another round of showers (maybe even a rumble of thunder).
Tonight: An early shower is possible but after that look for partly cloudy skies and falling temperatures. Due to the influence of the passing cold front boundary, I expect lows to end up in the 20s in most spots, maybe even upper teens in the mountains.
Tuesday: Monday's storm will be stuck to the north-northeast due to a big block in the upper atmosphere (See: Greenland Block See Also: Story of our winter). The result will be "cyclonic flow" over the Northeast with strong northwest winds. That pattern favors some clouds and even a few flurries in the mountains while the interior and coastline experiences an even mixture of sun and clouds. High temperatures will be drastically cooler, only in the upper 30s to low 40s. Combine that with a gusty wind and it will feel like winter again (See: Lame).
Wednesday: A similar setup for Wednesday, but there should be a bit more sunshine and less in the way of mountain flurry activity as a ridge of high pressure from the west brings a drying influence. Temperatures remain low though, in the low 40s for highs.
A return to mostly sunny skies and milder temperatures by Thursday as that ridge of high pressure parks itself over Maine.
After that all eyes are on a developing coastal low for Friday afternoon/Friday evening.
At this point it's a CLOSE call with most computer models passing the monster low just to our east. But...I'll admit...this storm concerns me. It's very large, very powerful and has an unusually cold signature for this time of the year. See where I'm going with this? #ItCouldbesnow
I'll keep an eye on it for you. Paula's birthday is actually on Saturday and if it snows...well, you'll be looking at a new weatherman soon because she'll pack our bags for the deep south before she touches a shovel.