St. John Valley weather, Feb. 5-11, 2020
Short-Term Outlook: Wednesday – Friday
High pressure will build across the Valley today with cold Arctic air and partly cloudy to mostly clear skies into the overnight hours. Low pressure tracking up from the Mid-Atlantic will bring snow to the region beginning around midday Thursday and through Friday night.
Snowfall totals in the 15-inch (38 cm) range are expected for much of northern Maine with up to 20 inches (51 cm) possible in some locations. Northeast winds will increase Friday as the storm lifts into the Maritimes and deepens as it pulls away from the Valley.
Today & Tonight
Becoming partly cloudy in the morning and breezy with a high around 16 degrees F. Northwest winds 10-15 mph producing minimum wind chill values 0 to 5 below.
Tonight, partly cloudy to mostly clear and cold with a low near 0 degrees F. Increasing clouds after midnight with a slight chance for snow before dawn. West/southwest winds near 5 mph. Wind chill values as low as 10 below.
Thursday, February 6
Mostly cloudy in the early morning then becoming overcast with an 80 percent chance for snow, mainly from the afternoon into the evening (precipitation totals between 1/10 and 1/4 inch). High around 21 degrees F with south/southeast winds 0 to 5 mph. Wind chill values in the 5 to 10 below range at times.
Thursday night, cloudy with a 90 percent chance for snow with around 0.20 inch precipitation. Low near 20 degrees F. East/northeast winds 0 to 5 mph increasing to near 10 mph after midnight.
Friday, February 7
Cloudy with a 100 percent chance for snow with between 1/4 and 1/2 inch precipitation possible. Temperatures steady near 20 degrees F before falling in the afternoon. Northeast winds near 10 mph and gusty.
Friday night, cloudy with a 90 percent chance for snow tapering to snow showers early Saturday. Low near 2 degrees F. North winds 8 to 14 mph.
Further Ahead: Saturday – Tuesday
High pressure brings decreasing clouds Saturday afternoon and partly cloudy to mostly clear skies Saturday night and Sunday morning. Partly cloudy to partly sunny skies are expected Sunday with a chance for snow in the afternoon as a warm front lifts towards the region. A cold front moves through Monday with snow showers diminishing Monday night into Tuesday morning with mostly cloudy/partly sunny skies Tuesday and a chance for afternoon snow showers.
Sat. Feb. 8: low 10s / near 10 below
Sun. Feb. 9: upper 10s / 5 to 10 above
Mon. Feb. 10: upper 20s / low 10s
Tue. Feb. 11: low 30s / mid-10s
Long-Range Trends Wed. Feb. 12 – Tue. Feb. 18
Below normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation
Note: Computer model precision diminishes the further into the week the forecast projects. Check the Fiddlehead Focus 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.