The Week Ahead: Valley weather for Dec. 27, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017
Low pressure north of the Valley will bring some snow and possibly some light freezing rain/drizzle to the region Tuesday. Skies become mostly cloudy with precipitation waning as the day progresses while a cold front slowly sags across the state from the north/northwest. The front will continue its slow trek towards the coast Wednesday into Thursday with mostly cloudy to overcast conditions and a slight chance for precipitation. Partial clearing is expected Wednesday night into Thursday. Clouds increase Thursday as low pressure system develops off the Mid-Atlantic and moves into the Gulf of Maine bringing a chance for significant snowfall to the Valley Thursday night and Friday as it moves across the state. Accumulations of 8-12 inches or so are possible, though exact amounts depend on the strength and track of the low. Intense low slides into the Maritimes by Saturday morning with lingering snow showers across the SJV. A clipper brings a chance for afternoon/evening snow New Year’s Day with high pressure building in with colder air and partly cloudy skies for Monday, January 2.
Daily Weather Summary

Tuesday, December 27

High: mid-30s

Low: mid-10s

Overcast skies early become mostly cloudy in the afternoon with a 50 percent chance for rain showers and possibly some freezing rain early. West winds around 15 mph with gusts 25-30 mph possible in the afternoon dropping to 5-10 mph in the evening and becoming northwesterly.
Wednesday, December 28

High: low 20s
Low: near 5 above
Mostly cloudy to overcast in the morning with a 20 percent chance for precipitation. Becoming partly clear in the evening and overnight periods. North/northwest winds around 5 mph become northeasterly/easterly overnight 0-5 mph.
Thursday, December 29

High: mid-20s
Low: low 20s
Mostly cloudy early then becoming overcast in the afternoon. Chance for precipitation increases to 80 percent with snow possible in the evening with a near 100 percent chance for snow overnight into Friday. Southeast winds around 10 mph become easterly overnight.
Friday, December 30

High: low 30s
Low: low 10s

Overcast with an 80 percent chance for snow with total accumulations around 8-12 inches possible. Snow tapers to snow showers in the evening with a 30 percent chance for snow showers. Northwest winds 8-14 mph.
Saturday, December 31/New Year’s Eve

High: mid-10s
Low: 0 to -5 below
Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for snow showers. West winds 8-14 mph become light and southerly overnight.
Sunday, January 1/New Year’s Day

High: mid-10s
Low: near 0
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for snow, especially in the afternoon and evening. Light northeast winds. Partial clearing overnight with a 20 percent chance for precipitation with light west winds.
Monday, January 2
High: low 20s
Low: low 10s
Partly sunny early then partly cloudy later then increasing clouds overnight. Light southwest winds.

Note: Computer model precision diminishes the further into the week the forecast projects. Check the Fiddlehead Focus Facebook page for weather updates with more current information.
The Week Ahead is the work of UMFK Professor Joseph E. Becker based on personal weather station data, various computer forecast models, and information that the National Weather Service, NOAA, and other weather resources provide.

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