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Unsettled Today, Strong Cold Front to Move Through New England

Today will remain very unsettled across the region. The bulk of the rain for southern New England is looking to stay south, however, some showers and steadier rain will make its way north into Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. This will be most likely late this morning and into the early afternoon. The air is unstable, so some rumbles of thunder remain possible in these areas.


The cold front is starting to push southward, with wintry air filtering into northern areas of Vermont and New Hampshire. This is leading to a wintry mix across these areas. Snowfall will be very limited as the precipitation is mixed across these areas. While all types of precipitation will fall, none of them will accumulate to significant levels in Vermont and New Hampshire.


The same is true for western Maine, with light mixed winter precipitation across the area without any significant accumulations. Where there will be significant accumulations is in northern Maine. While much of New England will be seeing less precipitation than expected, northern Maine is still on track for 8-12 inches of snow. There is a small band from Van Buren to Clayton Lake that could see 12-18 inches of snow.


UPDATE 9am 2/17: Very little snow is now expected in Vermont and New Hampshire. Look at the low amounts of these totals in those states. Lower elevations will won't see much at all. Northern Maine is still on track for 8+ inches.


Snowfall and sleet amounts drop off as you head south of Aroostook County, with a general 3-6 inches falling across the central band of Maine, with amounts dropping off as you get toward the coast and into the western part of the state, as mentioned above.


The timing of the cold front is still not fully locked down, however, the front is dropping southward through the region. This will lead to a wintry night, with low temperatures falling into the single digits and teens north and the 20s south. The front will be creating a large temperature gradient as it makes its way south. Temperatures are at or near 60 in southern New England with the teens and 20s filtering into northern New England.


Here is a look at current temperatures as of 9am:


This colder air will continue to fall southward until all of New England has cooled down to where we should be in the middle of February tonight. Gusty winds will accompany this front as it pushes through.

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