Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A weak boundary of mild and cold air will be hanging around southern Maine this morning. This contrast in temperature will provide enough lift to give parts of the area sleet, freezing rain and rain. In areas away from the coast below freezing travel will can be difficult on untreated surfaces.
The icy roads have already caused numerous accidents and traffic issues and this can continue well through the morning commute Those areas not treated properly could have problems up to 9 or 10 AM.
There could be enough snow and ice to coat the ground and some areas will look quite wintry in spots. This boundary will hang in the area the next couple of days and not allow skies to clear. This means we will have a lot of cloudiness and limited if any sunshine.
A storm will pass well to our east Tuesday and Wednesday keeping any precipitation offshore and leaving us in a cool, but not cold pattern. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and as temperatures reach the lower 40s, it will be quite comfortable to be outdoors.
Thursday is shaping up as the mildest day in a while with highs reaching the mid to uppper 40s and perhaps even lower 50s over extreme southern Maine. There could be a rain shower or two through the end of the week, but not a lot of precipitation is expected.
Another front will come into the picture for the weekend, right now I am not sure exactly how this front will impact our weather, but there could be some more wintry precipitation over the weekend. The exact placement of the front and the two air masses on either side of the front will play a critical role in determine what falls and what for it might take.
Around the House This Week I know some of you are already thinking about Christmas trees. Did you ever consider there are great trees you can add to the landscape that make great Christmas trees? Even if you don't decorate the tree, it will still be a wonderful addition in the landscape.
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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.