The highly anticipated winter storm has arrived.

If this winter were measured by the month of January, it would go down as a doozy.

We are going to wrap up this frigid month with the biggest snowstorm in years. Chief meteorologist Todd Gutner actually went back and combed through the numbers and was astonished to find how mild our snowstorms have been over the last 5 years.

The largest storm for each winter season was in the single digits for many of them and the stats are particularly glaring in Bangor. We should easily get double-digit snowfall out of this one, and I would not be shocked if a few towns push 20 inches.


Low pressure is “bombing” out as we speak. Yes, a bomb cyclone is a real thing. It has certainly been used sensationally, though.

The scientific definition of a bomb cyclone is one that has a pressure drop of at least 24 mb in 24 hours.


We’ve exceeded that margin by quite a bit, with at least a 35 mb drop in pressure in 18 hours. It may end up being even a little bit stronger than it is right now.


If you’ve been outside, you already know what’s going on.

In the heavy bands, hourly snow rates may top 2 inches per hour. That, coupled with whipping winds, will create highly reduced visibility and complete whiteouts are likely. Not only will it be tough to drive in those conditions, but it may also overwhelm some road crews during the afternoon.


The snow will get all the attention today, but it’s worth noting the cold too. We’ve had some brutally cold days recently, but this one might actually feel the coldest. With no sun, temps only around 10 degrees and winds gusting over 40 miles per hour, wind chills or the feels-like temperature will be below zero all day long.


It’s a good idea to plan frequent warming breaks if you’re out clearing snow. Take care of one section of the driveway, grab a hot cup of coffee, and then go back out. You may not realize how cold you are, but this is one of the coldest snowstorms in a while.

Speaking of post-storm clean up, if you have the time and muscle, help out your local fire department dig out the hydrants. Their staffs, like many others, are strapped by COVID right now. Also, keep an eye on your elderly neighbor, they can always use a helping hand during tough weather stretches. Those are just a few thoughts that are running through my head as the storm rolls in.


Have a good way to get information, especially if you lose power. We’ll be doing updates on various platforms each day.

Stay safe.

Todd Gutner and Mike Slifer, @Todd_Gutner and @MikeSliferWX

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