Freezing rain, thunderstorms headed for Maine

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A line of rainshowers with embedded thunderstorms is expected to move from northern New Hampshire into parts of western Maine by Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

In addition, temperatures below the freezing point in mountainous areas will lead to freezing rain and ice accumulation, forecasters noted. The precipitation is expected to end Friday night.

The weather service issued a freezing rain advisory for northern Oxford and Franklin counties and central Somerset County through 9 p.m. Friday. Forecasters said ice accumulation of up to a tenth of an inch was possible, making roads and sidewalks slippery.

Meanwhile, parts of Androscoggin, Cumberland, York, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Oxford counties were the subject of a special weather statement calling for strong thunderstorms through 7 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a line of thunderstorms extending from three miles northwest of Hebron to 21 miles south of York, the weather service said.

The thunderstorms were expected to bring small hail and brief heavy downpours as well as cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts of up to 45 mph.

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