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Winter Makes an Appearance in Northern New England

UPDATED 7:30 PM EST, December 10, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Mother Nature is bringing a splash of wintery weather to the Northeast tonight. It's just a quick shot at rain, a bit of ice and snow before dry weather returns Tuesday.

Winter Weather Advisories and Freezing Rain Advisories continue in much of Maine where a tenth inch of ice is possible with snow up to 4 inches in spots by Midnight.

Presque Isle and Westfield, Maine, have already picked up 4 inches of snow with more wintery mix and snow continuing through early Tuesday morning. Another inch of snow could fall in northern Maine with freezing rain and sleet for the southern part of the state.

The cause of the winter mess is a cold front motoring towards the east coast. Warmer air overriding a cooler, denser layer of air at the surface is making conditions ripe for a bit of ice in southern Maine with some spots across northern Maine where temperatures through the entire atmosphere are below freezing, snow is falling. Meanwhile, it's all rain along the coast.

This is likely to cause some power outages across the North Country, and could make travel difficult if not impossible along the U.S. Route 2 corridor.

The moisture will depart tonight as the front moves east and dry weather returns on Tuesday but breezy northwest winds could lead to more power outages.

This wintry blast is part of the same snow storm that blanketed Minnesota and Wisconsin in heavy snow over the weekend. Blizzard conditions rocked central Minnesota as 12 to 16 inches of snow fell in the Minneapolis suburbs. Green Bay, Wis., recorded 3 to 5 inches of snow, blanketing football fans at the Packers game Sunday night.

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