St. John Valley weather for Jan. 13-19, 2021
Short-Term Outlook: Wednesday – Friday
Low pressure will track into the Atlantic south of Nova Scotia today keeping plenty of clouds across the Saint John Valley. A weak disturbance will drop down from the northwest tonight triggering some snow showers across Fort Kent and vicinity as it moves through with no significant accumulation expected.
Snow showers will wane Thursday with mostly cloudy skies continuing across the region. Partly cloudy skies develop Thursday night with partly sunny skies expected Friday followed by increasing cloudiness Friday night as a stronger system approaches from the Great Lakes.
Today & Tonight
Mostly cloudy to overcast with a 5 percent chance for snow showers. High around 28 degrees with southwest winds 0-5 mph.
Tonight, mostly cloudy to cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow showers. Precipitation totals less than 1/10-inch with less than 1-inch snowfall. Low around 20 degrees with south winds 0-5 mph.
Thursday, January 14
Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for scattered snow showers in the morning. Precipitation totals less than 1/10-inch with snowfall amounts less than 1-inch. High around 31 degrees with south winds 0-5 mph.
Thursday night, mostly cloudy early then partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance for isolated snow showers. Low around 18 degrees with northwest winds 0-5 mph.
Friday, January 15
Partly sunny with a 5 percent chance for snow showers. High near 30 degrees with north/northeast winds 0-5 mph becoming east/southeast in the afternoon.
Friday night, mostly cloudy with a 10 percent chance for snow. Low around 20 degrees with southeast winds 5-10 mph.
Medium-Range: Saturday – Tuesday
Low pressure will track from the Great Lakes towards the Valley Saturday with a secondary low pressure area expected to develop and move along the eastern border of the state into New Brunswick by Sunday. Presently, model data suggests that all snow will occur across the SJV with snow likely Saturday afternoon into the overnight hours. Snow will continue through Sunday afternoon before ending. High pressure is expected to build in for the start of the week with partly cloudy/partly sunny skies Monday and Tuesday with dry and cooler conditions for the region.
Saturday, January 16
Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for snow in the afternoon. High near 35 degrees with southeast winds 10-15 mph.
Saturday night, cloudy with an 80 percent chance for snow. Low near 30 degrees with southwest winds 5-10 mph.
Sunday, January 17
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow ending in the afternoon. High near 32 degrees with west winds 10-15 mph.
Sunday night, partly cloudy with a 5 percent chance for snow showers. Low around 15 degrees and west winds 10-15 mph.
Monday, January 18 / Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Partly sunny with a high near 22 degrees. West winds 10-15 mph.
Monday night, partly cloudy with a low near 5 degrees. Northwest winds 5-10 mph.
Tuesday, January 19
Partly cloudy with a high near 18 degrees. Northwest winds 10-15 mph.
Tuesday night, partly cloudy with a low near 3 degrees above. Northwest winds 5-10 mph. Wind chill values in the -5 to -15 degree range.
Regional Long-Range Trends: Wed. Jan. 20 – Tue. Jan. 26
Above normal temperatures and below 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.