Spring officially started more than a month ago, but many Mainers can expect another dose of winter Sunday night.
Several inches of snow could fall in western Maine, starting Sunday night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The heavy, wet snow, which is expected to fall in greater amounts at higher elevations, “could lead to downed tree limbs and power outages,” the agency said.
Harsh winter weather earlier this month — and resulting power outages — have been trying on many Mainers who have been cooped up at home with little to do while waiting for new cases of COVID-19 to decline.
An April 10 storm knocked out power to more than a quarter million power grid customers. A windstorm three days later knocked out the power again for many who had lost it April 10, and for others kept them without power for longer than they likely would have endured without another consecutive storm.
In the next couple of days, Lewiston could get as much as 6 inches of snow, while other inland cities such Augusta, Waterville and Bangor could get 1-3 inches, with lesser amounts along the coast, according to forecasters with WGME in Portland.
Our next storm should start out with rain Sunday afternoon/evening. A change to heavy wet snow is expected with most accumulations overnight Sunday into Monday. Here’s our early estimate. pic.twitter.com/MEnHb5Y3Iw
— Charlie Lopresti (@CharlieWGME) April 24, 2020
Little new snow is expected in far northern Maine, where more than 12 feet of snow has fallen in some locations this winter and which got roughly a half foot of snow earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Final snow map from the last storm. Caribou’s 8.1″ was the biggest 2-day storm on record for this late in the season! Still 6″ on the ground in Caribou this morning. List of snow totals at https://t.co/kxkoNEkuy1. #MEwx pic.twitter.com/6iwBgMQFvy
— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) April 23, 2020
“Most of the area will begin with rainfall late Sunday,” WGME said in an online forecast. “A change to heavy wet snow is expected for most of our region Sunday night into early Monday morning.”
The National Weather Service in Caribou said a gale warning has been issued off the Down East coast from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.
Watch: Don’t let the snow get you down