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Storm Incoming: Snow, Rain, Ice Impacts

New England's next storm arrives to the region this afternoon. Wile this storm will bring a mixed bag of winter weather, rain will be the primary precipitation type across most of the region. Even in areas where the storm will begin as snow will likely change over to a mix of rain snow and just rain as the storm goes into the night. Here's a look at what to expect tonight:


The storm will begin as a burst of snow across the foothills and mountains. Total snow accumulations across Vermont and New Hampshire will likely be elevation based. The valleys (lower than 1,500 feet) will more than likely switch to sleet and finally rain by the overnight hours as temperatures warm. A general 2-5 inches of snow and sleet is expected.

In Maine, the storm will arrive late this evening and will be snow at the start across the state. By midnight, areas of downeast and coastal Maine will switch to a rain/snow mix. This mix will work its way north through the state. By the early morning hours, most of the state will be seeing a mix or plain rain. Only northern Aroostook county will likely remain all snow for the duration of the storm. Areas of southern and central Maine will see a general 1-4 inches, with more the further inland you go.

In northern Maine, where the storm is now expected to remain all snow, amounts have naturally trended upward. Caribou, Ashland, Clayton Lake and points north will see 6-10 inches. A winter weather advisory is currently posted for this area, along with northern New Hampshire and the higher elevations of Vermont.


Areas that will see rain from beginning to end includes all of southern New England, southern New Hampshire, York County Maine and the Champlain Valley of Vermont. A period of moderate to heavy rain is expected in Vermont, where some ponding will be possible.

A little sleet may mix in the Berkshires at the onset. Southern New England will not see much of an impact from this system as the track continues to trend further north. Rain will generally be light to at times moderate. A washout is very unlikely with a general tenth to a quarter of an inch falling. The south shore, Cape Cod, Connecticut and Rhode Island will likely only see spotty showers.


Freezing rain will not be too much of an impact from this storm, but it will fall in places. In Vermont, a cold plain rain is expected in most places, but some light ice accumulations are possible. The NWS of Burlington states:

"Other locations more prone to the freezing rain threat include the typically cold hollows such as Route 11 corridor in St Lawrence county, western Caledonia and central Orange Counties in Vermont along with mid-slope areas in the vicinity of the Green Mountains."

Total ice accumulations will likely be very elevation based. Generally, a hundredth to a tenth of an inch is expected on the slopes of the Green and White Mountains. Up to a quarter of an inch is possible once you get up past the 2,000 foot contour.



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