Portland so far dodges snow storm, but rain could still turn
- Author: Annette Adams Feb 09, 2017,
Feb 09, 2017, 0:18
Due to Winter Storm Niko, heavy snow is forecast to lash much of the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor on Wednesday night until Thursday. The National Weather Service expects similar temps today as rain spreads over the area, and a more spring-like 57 degrees by Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service warns drivers to take caution while on the road Tuesday. Winter storm watch extends from coastal ME down through southern New Hampshire, northern Maryland - including north of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. - and parts of eastern West Virginia. Snow is possible this week in western OR north of Lane County, according to the weather service.
The air turns colder Wednesday night, and snow or a wintry mix is expected to move into the state after midnight, and will become steadier and possibly heavier in the pre-dawn hours on Thursday.
Forecasters say the storm is going to make the morning commute hard for those in major cities, including Boston and New York City and possibly Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.
The snow quickly ends Thursday evening, leaving plenty of time for clean-up overnight. WeatherWorks was at a "medium-high confidence" about 7 a.m., with high confidence it will be a strong storm. "We cover a very broad region so we have to prepare for everything, it could be snow in one area but freezing rain down here or just plain rain", Aikins told CP24 on Monday.
Nonetheless, we believe it is a possibility on Cape Cod for a time Thursday afternoon.
The up-and-down temperatures have pretty much been the story of this winter. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. "A general 4-8" is likely across most of the region with a 1-4" band closer to the coast, the lowest amounts generally being nearer to the ocean.
Partly sunny skies will round out the week on Friday, along with a slight chance of snow showers after 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 44. The forecast is tricky at this point so more or less, we are looking at a wintry mix/snow Sunday, changing to rain through Sunday night.