A great black-backed gull stands on one leg during a snowstorm in Portland on Friday, Jan, 7, 2022. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

A wind chill that will make it feel like 30 degrees below zero is expected in parts of the state on Wednesday.

Winds reaching up to 20 miles per hour will sweep across the northern and western regions on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Single-digit temperatures in these regions, combined with steady winds, can cause frostbite in as little as 15 minutes, the NWS Caribou office warned.

Caribou can expect an overnight temperature of negative 11 degrees, with an 8 to 16 mile per hour wind that will make it feel closer to 25 degrees below zero. Daytime temperatures will be around 15 degrees, with a wind chill making it feel like negative 20.

Scattered snow showers will move in on Wednesday, but less than an inch of accumulation is expected.

Jackman will see an overnight temperature of approximately negative 11, with steady 15 to 20 mph winds that will make it feel closer to negative 30, according to the NWS. Daytime temperatures will warm into the low 20s throughout the day, although wind chills will make it feel like negative 15.

Central Maine can expect milder temperatures on Wednesday, with nighttime temperatures hovering around negative 2 degrees, with a wind chill dropping the real feel to around negative 10,  and daytime temperatures in the mid to high 20s. Wind chills are expected to make it feel like negative 5 to 8 degrees throughout the day Wednesday.

Overnight temperatures will be in the low single digits in southern Maine, with an expected temperature of 5 degrees in the Portland region and a wind chill that will make it feel like negative 10.

Daytime temperatures on Wednesday will warm to the mid 30s in that region, and winds will make it feel like the low teens, along with scattered snow showers that will bring less than an inch of precipitation.


Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.