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What Mainers need to know about the powerful nor'easter that may drop over a foot of snow

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STATEWIDE (WGME) -- A powerful nor’easter will hit Maine Wednesday and Thursday. It’s expected to bring strong winds and over a foot of snow.

Timing

If your plans take you out and about Wednesday morning, we don’t anticipate any weather related problems.

Some ocean effect snow showers, flurries, and areas of drizzle are possible in the morning and early afternoon but it shouldn't amount to much.

The heaviest snow will be Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Snow will become lighter through the day Thursday and come to an end Thursday night.

Precipitation Type

It will be all snow for most of the of the state.

A mix and change to sleet or rain will need to be entertained south and coast.

How Much

Most of the state will pick up 10-18 inches.

Wind

Winds will be strong out of the Northeast.

Winds gusting 30 to 40 MPH are possible late Wednesday through Thursday. The strongest wind will be 7 p.m. through 2 a.m.

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds may lead to blizzard or near blizzard conditions for parts of the state Wednesday night.

Coastal Flooding

Tides are not running nearly as high as the astronomical cycle from last week.

Significant coastal flooding is not expected but splash over and beach erosion is possible around high tides.

Power Outages

It's March and snow, especially during the day, should be more pasty.

Heavy wet snow plus strong gusty winds will result in a high probability of power outages.

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The storm will be slow to pull away Friday and Saturday.

Expect a fair amount of clouds late week with mountain snow showers.

Another disturbance, similar to Sunday night's quick inch of snow, will rotate around the storm Saturday.

More light accumulations of snow are possible that day.

A strong storm should remain to our south early next week.

A weaker system may bring some snow to the state Tuesday. Stay tuned.

CBS 13 has your full FORECAST.

Track the storm using our INTERACTIVE RADAR.

CBS 13 has the latest list of CLOSINGS & DELAYS.


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