Maine coast could see 6-8 inches of snow, flooding

By Andrea Bulfinch, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted March 06, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.

DOVER, N.H. — Though there’s still some uncertainty over how much snow the region will see over the next couple days, most weather reports are showing a long-lasting event with accumulating snow beginning late tonight.

Snow is forecast to begin sometime this evening and continue through Friday afternoon.

In coastal areas, flooding will be a concern with this storm system. According to a report compiled by Alex Sosnowski, senior expert meteorologist for AccuWeather.com, “the shape of the coast and wind direction determine which areas are most susceptible to flooding from rising ocean and bay water levels. The duration and strength of the onshore wind determines the severity of the water rise.”

“The exposed amount of uninterrupted wind over the water, known as fetch, will lead to above-normal tides starting Wednesday in many areas,” the report states.

Areas closer to the coast in New Hampshire and Maine are expected to get the bulk of accumulation with between 6 and 8 inches of snow.

Rockingham County is currently the only area in New Hampshire under a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service. At this point, Strafford County is expected to see just a little less snow than its neighboring communities.

No NWS alerts were in effect for Maine as of about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Stacie Hanes, NWS meteorologist, most of the heavy, wet snow is expected to fall very late tonight and during the day Thursday, though some precipitation will linger into Friday.

Accuweather.com suggests the effects of the storm in coastal areas could last into the weekend.

Due to strong winds on Saturday, “minor to moderate beach erosion may continue due to the rough surf conditions,” Sosnowski’s report indicates.

“Fortunately, astronomical impact around the time of the storm [will] be minimal with significant distance between the new and full moon phases.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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