Monday December 24, 2012 | 08:39 AM
Posted by David Epstein

It looks like much of coastal Maine will not end up white this year as any Christmas accumulating snow stays to our south.  There could be some flurries Christmas morning that make it look rather festive but sunshine will return for the afternoon with cold temperatures and dry roads.  The reason we won't see any significant snow from this storm is that it will  track too far to our south.  There may be 1-3 inches of snow across parts of southern New England and travel will be slowed a bit on Christmas morning down there.

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My attention is now turning to the next system which will turn into a large nor'easter and move up the coastline.  While this won't be a crippling snowstorm, it could give the region a widespread 8-16 inch snowfall.  There may be a change to sleet or freezing rain over southern York county and we will have to watch the exact track of the system to see where the rain-snow line sets up, but right now this is looking like a snow event.

The system will also produce a sizeable storm for the ski areas with most of them in that 8-16 inch range. I will fine tune that forecast tomorrow evening as we get closer to the event.

Timing

I expect snow to break out Wednesday night and continue thoughout the day Thursday before tapering to flurries and ending Thursday evening.  It looks cold and dry for the weekend with temperatures in the 20s and 30s during the day and single numbers and teens at night.

Travel will become difficult Thursday and although there is no school this week, there might be some cancellations of other events for Thursday so check your schedules.   I also expect that Portland and Logan airports will have cancellations and delays on Thursday as well.

Looking at upcoming weekend, there will be another storm that affects New York and Boston, but right now it should pass out to our south.  However, things can change so stay tuned.

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David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.

In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.

David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.

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