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The weather pattern looks to persist for the next week. The question is where the storm track will set up. Models are trending toward some "near misses" for the area. The first storm slated for tomorrow and tomorrow night looks to bring just light to moderate snowfall to the area. It will be followed by wind and bitter cold Friday through the weekend. A developing ocean storm may brush the area Saturday Night and Sunday with some snow. Too early to speculate how much, however it looks like the heaviest snow would be farther south into Southeastern New England. Plenty of time to get a handle on that one though. At least a temporary moderation of temperatures begins the middle of next week. Also visit www.wmtw.com/weather
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All this...and it's Groundhog Day! Early spring? Doesn't look like it. Total snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches Saco-Biddeford southward and some peninsulas and islands of Midcoast. Expect 8 to 12 inches north of the above mentioned areas to near route 2. North of route 2, we'll see 4 to 8 inches of snow. Blizzard conditions are likely at times with significant blowing and drifting of snow. Get the WMTW Maine's Total Weather App here... http://www.wmtw.com/weather/27772166
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Here is my 8 day forecast.  Notice snow is likely Friday and Friday Night and again on Monday!
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Well, as we've been talking about much of this week, the focus of the weekend forecast will be a large ocean storm. This storm may track close enough to the area to bring some snow late Saturday through Saturday Night, especially near the coast. At this point in time, I believe the heaviest snow will remain just offshore and perhaps reaching Midcoast and Downeast Maine. It is quite early to speculate on amounts, however, given the morning's models, I feel there may be 2 to 4 inches along the coast with much less to nothing as you work inland. To complicate matters further some rain may mix in along the immediate shoreline. The track of this storm will make the difference. As usual, we have two schools of thought with the several models giving just a "glancing blow" to the European model giving a higher potential for more snowfall. Good thing it is only Thursday Morning and this system would not affect the area until later Saturday into early Sunday Morning. Looking further ahead there is even more uncertainty about some offshore disturbances next week. More at www.wmtw.com/weather
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Colder air will move back in tonight with a brisk, westerly wind. Temperatures will be at or slightly below average for much of the rest of the week. Weak low pressure passing well to our south may bring a few scattered flurries to southern portions of the area Wednesday Night into Thursday Morning, otherwise quiet into the weekend. An area of low pressure and trailing cold front may bring some light snow in Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. Colder than average temperatures may make a come-back next week. www.wmtw.com/weather
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Boy, is it cold out there this morning! http://on.wmtw.com/HPqgsb
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Once this area of low pressure moves out to sea to our south, high pressure will move in from the north for tomorrow and Wednesday. Low pressure moves through New England from the Great Lakes Thursday. This system looks like it will redevelop off the New England Coast and provide snow Thursday into Friday Morning. This may be another significant snow event for portions of Maine and New Hampshire. Arctic air will follow for the weekend. Low pressure may brush parts of the area with a chance of snow on Sunday. With all the snow, it is a perfect time to download the WMTW Maine's Total Weather App http://www.wmtw.com/weather/27772166
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Good morning everybody. Low pressure will move eastward from the Great Lakes and into New England today into tonight. This low will enter the Gulf of Maine and redevelop and intensify rapidly. The storm will gradually move toward Nova Scotia by Saturday Morning. A band of moderate snow will move eastward just north of the low center and arrive in our area after midnight and into early morning tomorrow. Snow will become heavier during the day tomorrow as the storm intensifies and pulls in more Atlantic moisture. It looks like a moderate snowfall will occur over the western portions of the area while a heavier snow accumulation can be expected over central and eastern portions. Snow will taper off from west to east late Friday Night through Saturday Morning. Saturday afternoon will be windy with clearing skies and falling temperatures as another Arctic air mass moves over New England. Another area of low pressure looks to track out to sea to our south and east Monday just bringing some snow showers to the coast and southern areas. For tomorrow's storm I have made a few adjustments to my snowfall forecast. I've pushed the area of 7 to 12 inch accumulations a bit farther south and west. East of the Kennebec River and over portions of midcoast we may see some even heavier accumulations. 
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The blizzard begins late tonight...in the wee hours of the morning.  The heaviest snowfall will occur between the morning commute and early afternoon tomorrow.  Snow and blowing snow will continue though through tomorrow night. More snow possible Friday and again Sunday.
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Temperatures won't stray too far from average over the next few days. Low pressure passing well to the south of us Thursday may bring a few flurries to southern portions of the area. Low pressure tracking to our north will bring a cold front through the area Saturday. We'll also watch low pressure over the Southeast as it may come just close enough to bring some light snow or flurries to the coast Saturday Night and early Sunday.  Get the WMTW Maine's Total Weather App here... http://www.wmtw.com/weather/27772166
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Temperatures do moderate a bit over the next couple of days. A trough of low pressure may brush the coast later tomorrow where some snow showers or flurries are possible. Another sharp cold front moves through Friday with a shot of Arctic Air to follow Saturday. Sunday will be warmer but developing low pressure may bring some late day rain and snow showers. A period of snow is possible early Monday with another chance of snow toward the middle of next week. View the latest video forecast from the Maine's Total Weather "Dream Team" http://on.wmtw.com/HV1Pc7
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Good morning. We'll see more periods of light snow into this evening with total accumulation of an inch or two. A fresh shot of Arctic Air arrives for tomorrow. Temperatures will gradually moderate during the end of the week, through the 20s to near 30. Another cold front may bring a few flurries early Friday with slightly colder air to follow for Saturday. Sunday and Monday look fair with a moderating trend as highs reach into the 30s. Get the WMTW Maine's Total Weather App here http://www.wmtw.com/weather/27772166
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Matt Zidle joined the WMTW News 8 First Warning Weather team in December of 2004. A Lewiston native, Matt says that forecasting the weather in your hometown is "a dream come true."

Matt worked in the Portland area for almost six years before joining WMTW News 8 WMTW. Prior to working in Portland, Matt was the chief meteorologist at WLTX in Columbia, S.C., and also worked at WSI, a company that provides weather graphics to television stations across the country. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Matt, his wife Janet, their son William and daughter Lilly live in Gorham.

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