Storm stays offshore, Nice Sunday

8:40 AM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
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I'll keep it relatively brief today as I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night. (It was one of those nights were gets in your head after you can't fall asleep within 30 minutes. Then for the next few hours you suddenly become the best subtraction on the fly mathematician in history..."Well if I fall asleep NOW I'll only get 3 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds of sleep!")

Today: Despite some light snow along the coastline this morning (up to 4" reported on some of the islands off the Midcoast), Superbowl Sunday is shaping up to be a pleasant day. The coastal low has developed as planned, meaning it's too far away to impact our weather in a large way today. As a result look for a mixture of sun and clouds with many spots ending up mostly sunny by noon. Temperatures will be around average with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Tonight: The coastal storm "bombs out" well to our east but this rapid strengthening should be enough to push clouds back into the state as well as a few snow showers. Once again the snow shower activity will be concentrated along the coastline, particularly Downeast. Otherwise it's partly cloudy and chilly with lows between 8 and 16 F.

Monday: Some morning clouds and flurries are possible over northern and Downeast Maine up until around 10 AM, after that look for mostly sunny skies for the rest of the day. High temperatures will be seasonable but a strong northwest wind at 15-30 MPH  (a result of that bombed out coastal low stalled to our north) will add a bit of a bite to the air.  

Tuesday: A weak low will pass to our south on Tuesday morning, so there could be a bit more cloud cover from Portland on south. Otherwise it's quiet and cold with highs only in the teens in most spots, low 20s along the coastline.

After a few snow showers on Wednesday and a sunny Thursday, our next chance at a larger storm comes on Friday.

Some computer models show this storm as a weaker, inside runner type which would yield a light mixture of precipitation. HOWEVER, the Euro has an absolute bomb of a storm spinning over Cape Cod on Friday night. As you know, I prefer the Euro in this range and the upper level pattern seems favorable for a decent storm track into the northeast. Truth is, it's just too early to say no matter how bold I feel like being, but this storm has more of a chance than I've seen in a while.

Ok time for a nap. If I fall asleep now I'll only get 2 hours 15 minutes and 12 seconds before the gym...

Twitter: @KeithCarsonWCSH 

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