Nor'easter to bring widespread heavy snow this weekend

    Snowfall forecast for Saturday evening through Sunday evening. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) -- Widespread heavy snow is expected across the Northeast this weekend.

    Towns like Sanford and Saco will be hit earliest. Southern New Hampshire and southern Maine will see snow move in from the southwest by Saturday evening that will last through Sunday night. Snowfall totals are likely to be in the 12-20” range along the coast and inland, some isolated pockets of higher amounts in the mountains. Snowfall really picks up late Saturday night. Several inches are likely to be on the ground by early Sunday morning. Sunday late morning and afternoon, there may be some sleet or freezing rain mixed in, which could result in lesser snow amounts along the coast, but still dangerous wintry conditions.

    Winds will be strong. Sunday wind gusts may exceed 30 mph out of the northeast. Winds that strong can result in power outages and near white out conditions. In addition, the 5th highest tide of the month is Sunday morning at 9:46 a.m. 11.1'. Coastal flooding, splash over, and beach erosion is expected. We're also watching the Sunday 10:28 PM high tide 9.7' and Monday 9:37 AM high tide 11.5'.

    It will be very cold with temperatures only in the low 10s or single digits for Sunday, but wind chill will could reach the -10s Sunday all the way through Monday.

    This is the biggest snow event of the season so far for southern Maine and New Hampshire. As of January 17th, Portland is reporting 28.8” for the whole season, which is close to the average, however, much of that snow came from 6” and 7” snowfalls in “Snow-vember”. Since early December, there have been only minor snow accumulations. The last major snow event for Portland was from March 2018, when there were 10” and 11” snowfalls.

    Football fans can expect the Patriots to play in clear skies with cold temperatures Sunday in Kansas City.

    For those who do not know, I am the newest addition to the Weather Authority team. This is my first Nor’easter! I will be in the weather office all weekend with Amanda and Charlie tracking the latest on the winter storm. Stay tuned and follow “Dustin Bonk” on Facebook and @DustinWGME on Twitter. I would love to see your snowfall reports and wintry photos!

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