Impending storm puts entire state on flood watch

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — With heavy rain expected to move into Maine Saturday, the entire state is under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecaster Margaret Curtis said Friday morning that the storm has potential to bring anywhere from an inch to an inch and a half of rain.

“Our biggest concern is for rivers which are iced over,” she said.

The storm is expected to come to an end Sunday morning.

Curtis said there’s a possibility the storm could start early Saturday as freezing rain throughout the state before changing over to rain by late morning or early afternoon.

That could be bad news for University of Maine hockey fans traveling to Boston for Saturday’s game against Boston University at Fenway Park.

“We’re not looking at something like the ice storm, but driving on it isn’t very fun,” Curtis said.

She noted the storm is expected to start in southern New England late Friday into early Saturday morning and make its way northward.

“I think you’ll have to go quite a ways away [from New England] to get dry [Saturday],” she said.

Later Friday, the weather service also issued freezing rain advisories for much of the state.

The advisories are in effect through 1 p.m. Saturday.

Temperatures are expected to peak into the 40s while southern parts of the state may eclipse the 50-degree mark.

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