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One to two foot snows on tap for central Maine


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Northeast Snow and Rain, Wet in the Southwest

7:43 P.M. ET 2/9/2005


James Wilson, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Low pressure over southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia is bringing a 1-to-3-inch burst of snow to the eastern Great Lakes and rain to the eastern Ohio Valley. The low pressure will rapidly intensify as it moves from off the Mid-Atlantic coast overnight to off southern New England on Thursday. Thursday will be a stormy day in the Northeast especially across New England. Snow, increasingly heavy, emanating from out of Upstate New York will spread across central to northern New England. Meanwhile, the rain over initially milder southern New England will gradually change over the snow as colder air is pulled southward. Much colder winds will be on the rapid increase not only across the Northeast but throughout the Southeast as well. From New York City to Philadelphia and across New Jersey, the rain will end as a little snow Thursday but accumulations will be minimal. Across southern New England, interior sections could pick up 4 to 8 inches after the changeover from rain to snow by midday Thursday. Boston will see the changeover Thursday afternoon with a quick 2 to 4 inches of snow thereafter. Albany could pick up 6 to 8 inches of snow overnight and Thursday while Concord, N.H. could accumulate 8 to 12 inches during the day Thursday. In Maine, Portland is in line for as much as 10 to 14 inches of snow by early Friday and the central part of the state could be the big winner 1 to near 2 feet. Blowing and drifting will be a big problem. The ski resorts around northern New England will do very well with foot-plus accumulations into early Friday. The central and southern Appalachians could also pick up between 4 and 10 inches of snow as colder northwest winds wring out the remaining moisture over the windward slopes. Winter weather advisories are in effect for western and central New York and northern Pennsylvania. A patchwork of winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect across the region until overnight Thursday and early Friday for northern New England.


An upper-level low pressure area off the southern California coast will pull moisture into the Southwest over the next few days. This will bring showers on late Thursday and then widespread rain on Friday into early Saturday. There is the potential for heavy rain with localized flooding, especially in Arizona to southern New Mexico to far western Texas.

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