Heavy Snow Targets Northern New England Tonight
UPDATED 6 PM EST, December 29, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
A big rainmaker moving up the East Coast this evening will transition to a significant winter storm tonight across northern New England, where parts of Maine could pick up nearly a foot of fresh snowfall.
The potent storm has tracked up the East Coast all day, dumping substantial rainfall from the Carolinas to southern New England. In fact, 2.07 inches of rain fell in Gracewood, Ga., with 1.88 inches accumulating in Appomattox, Va. Even New Canaan, Conn., saw more than an inch of rain today.
However, the storm is now meeting up with colder air sinking south from Canada, and the transition to heavy snow has begun in northern New England. Even though the storm will wind down by early Monday morning, several hours of heavy snow this evening will lead to impressive snow totals.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories stretch across most of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the Catskill Mountains of central New York. The heaviest snow will fall across coastal and central Maine, central New Hampshire and eastern Vermont. Here, widespread 6 to 10 inch accumulations are expected for cities such as Augusta and Bangor, Maine, and Conway, N.H. Coastal cities such as Portland, Maine may see slightly lower amounts as some rain tries to mix in this evening. Lighter accumulations of 3 to 6 inches will be common from northern Maine to northeastern Vermont. Even 2 to 4 inches will pile up in New York`s Catskill Mountains.
Travel will become difficult if not impossible this evening along the Interstate 89, 91, 93 and 95 corridors in northern New England.
The storm will dart into eastern Canada on Monday, with high pressure filling in quickly behind to produce sunshine. However, cold air will move into the region, returning to the East Coast for New Year`s Eve and Day.
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