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Nor'Easter to Bring Snow, Mix, Ice to Eastern New England

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

As one storm exits, another is right on its heels. That has been the theme of New England's weather for the better part of a month now. This time, the storm is a coastal one, which means New England will be on the 'cold side'. Colder air will also be in place, however, the storm is forecast to stay well offshore. This means only the outer edge will likely clip the region. The main impacts will be felt across coastal areas and eastern Maine. The main effects will be felt Sunday night through Monday.

Since the storm is far out to sea, snowfall amounts will not be very high, but there could be enough to create slick roads and break out the plows on Cape Cod. Another issue for Cape Cod will be strong winds. Winds in this storm will very likely be stronger than what the area felt from the previous storm. Gusts up to 55mph are possible Sunday into Monday. A wind advisory is in effect for Cape Cod.

The lower and outer Cape will likely see a mix of rain and snow, which will keep snowfall amounts lower there than the rest of the south shore.

In eastern Maine, there will very likely be more of a sleet and freezing rain event. The totals in the map below include both snow and sleet. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the mid coast of Maine and a winter storm watch is in effect for eastern Maine. The winter weather advisory states:

"Precipitation will back in from the Gulf of Maine beginning Sunday night and linger through most of Monday. Temperatures will generally remain at or below freezing resulting in mixed precipitation, including snow, sleet, and freezing rain. While no single precipitation type appears like it will accumulate to significant levels, the combination of precipitation types will likely result in hazardous travel conditions."

For eastern Maine, all three major winter precipitation types are expected to fall and accumulate. The winter storm watch states:

"Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches, sleet accumulations around 1 inch and ice accumulations up to four tenths of an inch are possible."

Four tenths of an inch of ice is getting to the point where a more significant ice storm is possible. Very slick roads and possible branch breaks are possible. Some power outages are possible in this area.



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