Maine holiday travel forecast with snow on the way
PORTLAND, Maine – We have a storm brewing Tuesday night into Wednesday. It’s not a huge deal but it’s relatively bad timing for Thanksgiving travel.
High pressure will dominate the start of the holiday week with plenty of sunshine but the associated air is abnormally cold. When the altitude leaves, it will leave behind that cold and trap it, making it difficult to dislodge. Low pressure will affect us Tuesday night. When the leading edge of precipitation arrives, it will be cold enough for snow to fall. Snow is expected to fall quickly overnight into Wednesday morning.
Mild air with hail, turning from snow to rain, will move quickly along the coast, but will take longer inland. This will make holiday travel difficult in the first half of the day, especially away from the coast.
The rain will then continue through the afternoon and evening before subsiding. Snow may fall along the coast but will be washed away by rain. The highest amounts will fall over the mountains and central highlands of Maine and could exceed 6 inches. Outside of the hills and mountains, it may be a few inches before the change occurs.
Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend will once again be calm and storm-free.
Many will travel throughout New England and parts of the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. Southern New England will continue to get rain instead of snow. Instead, snow will fall in the northern parts of the region, which could make roads a bit slippery.
The best time to travel around Maine would be all day and anytime on Thursday. The worst time will generally be on Wednesday.
If you are traveling by plane, delays are possible as we travel today and tomorrow. The good news is that Portland International Airport authorities said they don’t expect major travel problems. In either case, you will need to arrive at the airport early due to increased traffic.
Check back for updates and modifications to the snow map.
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