Spring storm expected to bring blizzard conditions to Washington, Hancock counties

Bangor residents cleared off their cars and removed several inches of snow from their driveways after another storm brought 11 inches of snow to the area in this March 2014 file photo.
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Bangor residents cleared off their cars and removed several inches of snow from their driveways after another storm brought 11 inches of snow to the area in this March 2014 file photo. Buy Photo
Posted March 24, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.
Last modified March 24, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — Yet another winter storm is forecast to bring fresh powder, high winds and blizzard conditions to parts of Maine on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Washington County is expected to be the hardest-hit region, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou, which placed the region under a blizzard watch about 5 p.m. Monday.

The severe weather forecast predicts, “Blizzard conditions possible with bombogenesis off the Northeast coast.”

“Bombogenesis is short for ‘bomb cyclogenesis,’ which means a storm’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours,” according to Weather.com. “That’s a sign that rapid intensification is occurring at the center of the storm and could lead to extreme weather.”

The National Weather Service is saying, “by Wednesday morning … a 960 MB [milibars] surface low is expected off the New England coast … which would be a 48 MB drop in 24 hours. The low should track far enough offshore to keep precipitation confined to the coastal regions.

“However, the combination of snow and the strong winds surrounding the deep cyclone could lead to blizzard conditions for some of the coastal areas of New England,” the forecast states.

The resulting storm is expected to drop heavy snow, between 6 and 10 inches in Washington County, starting late Tuesday and extending through Wednesday evening. Those in the region are warned to be cautious of blowing and drifting snow, which could cause snowdrifts several feet deep and may make roads impassible.

Neighboring Hancock County is under a winter storm watch.

Areas inland will see snow if the western edge of the storm tracks farther north, the weather service said. Otherwise, Bangor and points south and west likely will see little accumulation. Between 2 and 4 inches are expected to fall in the Bangor area.

Strong winds are possible with this system as well, with expected gusts up to 50 mph along the coast on Wednesday and 48 mph in the Bangor area, according to the weather service.

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