Warm front, rain expected in Maine

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — An warm front that enveloped southern Maine on Tuesday night will give Maine residents a break from the cold snap, with temperatures in the 40s and rain, but shouldn’t present any flooding problems.

“As far as inches and mass of flooding, it won’t be much,” said Ken Wallingford, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Caribou. “We’ll get some rain, but no major snow and no big ice storm. I don’t even anticipate a lot of problems with the freezing afterward.

“It’s just a day or two reprieve from the cold and snow.”

That may not be good news to ski resorts and snowmobiling aficionados.

“As far as rainfall accumulation, I would say maybe about an inch total, give or take, across the state,” Wallingford said. “You may lose as much as half the snow cover you currently have in the Bangor area.”

Wallingford expects the Bangor area to be above freezing by early morning Wednesday.

“We have two waves: A warm front with a mix of light snow to start, then sleet and then rain. The second wave will be the cold front, which will come in late evening,” he said.

Wallingford is expecting a high in the upper 40s and perhaps 50 degrees late in the day Wednesday and again early Thursday afternoon. The temps then will start falling to a low in the upper teens late Thursday evening into early Friday morning.

Portland already was warming with a recorded temperature of 33 at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The rain should start off as light snow, switch to sleet, and then become rain through Wednesday night.

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