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Powerful nor’easter expected to slam Maine with over a foot of snow

Snow map (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME) -- A powerful nor’easter is expected to hit Maine Tuesday and create blizzard or blizzard-like conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. A Blizzard Warning goes into effect for parts of Southern Maine and New Hampshire at 7 a.m. Tuesday

The first flakes will fall in southern Maine between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The heaviest snow will fall in the afternoon and at night.

The worst of the storm should be over by Wednesday morning. An additional 1-2 inches is possible during the day on Wednesday. The highest snow totals will be Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night.

When the storm is all said and done, totals appear to be in the 15-22 inch range for central and southern Maine.

The strongest winds are expected between 1 p.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday. Gusts over 40 mph are possible.

The combination of heavy snow and wind should lead to blizzard or near blizzard conditions

Power outages are possible. Temperatures should stay in the 20s for most of the storm; therefore snow should not be extremely heavy and wet.

There’s a chance for some leftover light snow showers on Thursday. Friday is looking mainly sunny with highs in the low 30s.

Top 5 Things You Need to Know about this Nor'easter

1. Totals

  • The current forecast track of the storm will result in 12-20 inches of snow for all of central and southern Maine. There is potential for some towns to exceed 20 inches.

2. Timing

  • The first flakes will fall in southern Maine between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Central and mid-coast Maine will see the snow start between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

3. Type

  • Temperatures should be capped off in the 20s courtesy of a stiff north wind. The snow type will be lighter and fluffy because of this.

4. Wind

  • High winds will be a major factor in this storm. There's potential for 40-50 mph gusts along the coast Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. This will result in extremely low visibility and power outages.

5. Watch/Warnings

  • We have a Winter Storm Warning in effect from Tuesday morning to Wednesday. These are issued by the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning means there will be significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. In our case, it's all snow (and a lot of it). There is potential for the NWS to upgrade this to a Blizzard Watch.
  • A Blizzard Warning is also in effect. This is issued by the National Weather Service, which means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater with heavy snow is forecast for a period of 3 hours or more.

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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