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Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency
Wednesday February 6th, 2013 :: 02:12 p.m. EST

Advisory

Potential major winter storm

Discussion: A storm over the northern Great Plains and a storm over Texas are forecast to move east through Thursday. The energy from these storms will merge off the mid-Atlantic coast and form an intense coastal storm Thursday night. The storm will then move slowly northeast through Saturday as it intensifies. The exact track and intensity will depend on how the energy from these two systems comes together. At present the heaviest snowfall is expected from Friday evening through Saturday morning.

Although the computer forecast models are in good agreement on the development of this storm, there is still uncertainty due to the fact that the heaviest snowfall potential is more than 48 hours away.
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Winter Storm Watches:
In effect for all of New Hampshire and all of Western Maine
Watch snowfall potential:
Northern New Hampshire and Maine mountains - 6 inches or more possible
Southern and Central New Hampshire… Coast, Interior, and Foothills of Maine –
A foot or more possible

Timing: Late Thursday night through Saturday morning

Preliminary snowfall expectations (best guess):
By Friday morning : An inch or so across southern and central NH and southwestern ME
By Friday evening (7pm) : 2 inches near Augusta to 8 inches southern NH
By Saturday afternoon:
6 to 10 inches – northern NH and Maine mountains
10 to 20 inches southern and central NH, coast, interior and foothills Maine

Winds: 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph inland, 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph along
immediate coast

Coastal: Coastal Flood Watch will be issued this afternoon – a significant event is possible
High tides (Portland – Flood stage 12 feet)
Fri – 9:38 pm (9.7)
Sat-9:54 am (11.0)
10:31pm(10.1)
Expected storm surge of 1 to 3 feet
Large and battering waves expected
Marine:
Winds – Storm Watch (50 kts or more)
Seas - offshore seas of 20 to 30 feet expected

More formal briefing packages will sent tomorrow, if necessary.

Address/Location
Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency
125 State St
Augusta, ME 04330

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 207-623-8407

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