The freezing rain that iced walkways and windshields in Greater Bangor on Monday was expected to change to pure rain by the evening as a late-season cold spell made its way out of Maine.
Temperatures in Bangor are expected to rise overnight and into the mid-50s by Tuesday, making for another day of wet weather but without the wintry feel, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service expanded a winter weather advisory Monday to cover the state, except for coastal Cumberland and York counties. The advisory was initially supposed to last until noon, but was extended until 6 p.m. when freezing rain continued to pour down for longer than anticipated and into the afternoon.
By nightfall, up to half an inch of sleet and up to a tenth of an inch of ice caused by freezing rain are predicted to accumulate on surfaces in central Penobscot and Washington counties, according to the advisory.
In Greater Bangor, the change to rain on Monday was expected occur in the late afternoon, and no ice is expected to accumulate overnight, according to the weather service. Winds blowing between 10 mph and 15 mph — with some reaching up to 25 mph — are expected to blow through the region all day.
The rain will continue steadily into Tuesday morning, before letting up in the afternoon, when only showers are predicted, the weather service said. Tuesday’s high temperature in Bangor is forecast to be 50 degrees.
The wintry weather arrived in southern Maine on Sunday, icing over Greater Portland and the New Hampshire border before it made its way up the coast.
The chill was record-breaking in Portland, where the temperature didn’t rise above 32, marking its coldest high temperature for April 15 since 1970, when the city didn’t get above 37, according to weather service forecaster Andy Pohl.
On Monday, Portland was just getting rain, he said.
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