Saturday February 09, 2013 | 01:44 PM
Posted by David Epstein

 

Historic snow totals around Portland. 

This certainly one for the record books.  Portland has a new benchmark of snow at 31.9 inches and still a bit more to go.  Many areas around Portland have seen between 30 and 34 inches of snow. The good news is that the worst of the blizzard is now over and  conditions will slowly during the rest of the afternoon.  This doesn’t mean we are not going to see any more snow or wind.  Bands of snow will continue to rotate around the storm a few more hours.  At times the snow will stop and then resume and become heavy for a time. 

I'll be updating the progress of the storm on Twitter at @growingwisdomand please send your total snowfall amounts and photos. 

Because of the banding, some areas will see another inch or two while a few spots could see upwards of 5 inches by just after noon. The bottom line is that the storm is winding down and you can start the process of shoveling out. The radar image from around 9AM shows one band offshore and another west of Portland. These bands will continue to shrink and eventually pull away this afternoon.

Yesterday, when Portland started getting the snow well before the actual storm hit I had a sneaking feeling the Jetport would set a new record.  The scenario is very similar to what happened back in 1979, now our second-largest snow storm.  That year, snow also broke out in Portland 8 hours earlier than it did to the south and allowed the city to get a jump on what would become historic accumulations

High tide at 10 AM will produce some moderate flooding. The tide will rise high enough to cause flooding at the Portland Pier, parts of the Eastern Prom trail and some parts of Commercial Street. Other areas that could see flooding are the York and Rockingham county coastlines

Winds are going to subside throughout the morning, but it will remain windy all day. Temperatures will be cold all day remaining in the teens and then falling further in the afternoon.  The good news in the temperature department is that it will actually become milder this week with highs getting into the upper 30s by Monday.  Some melting of the nearly 3 feet of snow will occur.
 
Our storm is pulling away to the east of New England and will continue to move eastward today.  As the storm gets further out to sea, the snow and wind will eventually end. Speaking of Monday there could be a few rain and snow showers early in the morning and just plain rain showers in the afternoon.   This doesn’t look like a big rain event.  I am not concerned about flooding or rapid melting Monday.
 
Gardening
This week I am putting up a video on how to build the perfect container.  While you might not be thinking of gardening this week, you can plant pansies in 8 weeks and if you have protective covering some vegetables can be planted in another 5 weeks.  More on how I do that in upcoming blogs.  

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

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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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