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Winter Storm Watch for Parts of Maine, Heavy Rain for Most of New England

Heavy rain is expected to make its return



    Wednesday Night: Rain, heavy at times; changeover to snow for northern Maine after midnight. Overnight lows dip into the 30s to 40s. Thursday: Rain for the early morning commute, with lingering snow showers in Maine. Drying out by the afternoon with some peeks of sun. Mild with highs in the upper 50s south; near 40 north. Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy with highs near 50 south; spotty rain/snow showers for Vermont and New Hampshire with highs near 40. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016)

    The second of two low pressure systems coming out of the Gulf of Mexico will race across New England late Wednesday and overnight.

    This is the same system that generated deadly tornadoes over the deep south on Tuesday night. We are not expecting severe weather in New England, however, heavy rain is returning.

    The primary low pressure system over the Midwest will be weakening, as strengthening low-pressure system develops from Long Island to The Gulf of Maine by late today into early Thursday.

    On Tuesday night, we saw one to two inches of rainfall in southern New England; it looks to be about the same for tonight.

    Showers early Wednesday afternoon become heavy rain by sunset and that continues through midnight.

    Temperatures are relatively mild - near 50 degrees - for much of southern New England.

    However, cold air has been lodged in northern Maine, where up to a foot of snow fell Tuesday night, and another foot of snow is possible overnight into early Thursday. Winter Storm Watches are in effect for Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties through Thursday afternoon.

    All of this rain and snow is contributing greatly to the relief of our drought conditions.

    Sunshine will return to southern New England on Thursday, a beautiful day, with high temperatures close to 60 degrees.

    The record high temperatures for Dec. 1 are in the low to mid 70s, so we're not quite in record territory.

    Clouds will hang tough and northern New England on Thursday, with rain showers changing to snow showers. Steady snow will be ending in northern Maine by mid-day.

    Our weekend features a brisk a mix of sun and clouds, with seasonable temperatures in the 30s north to 40s south. Snow showers will continue in the far northern mountains.

    The Patriots game on Sunday should be sunny and near 40 degrees.

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