All kinds of winter weather to hit Capital Region


The Portland area can expect sunshine and a high of 55, according to the meteorological service.

It's only been a week since flood waters rushed in faster than most people can remember.

The forecast over the next couple of days is somewhat complicated as two areas of precipitation move into New England.

Saturday, though, will be the warmest day on Delmarva this weekend. Rainfall will be showery and not all that heavy until the evening.

Thursday brought record high temperatures to Portland, Vancouver and Hillsboro.

Rain will begin early Friday with up to an inch and more coming Friday night and early Saturday.

The combination of very mild temperatures and some torrential downpours will cause widespread urban/street flooding. Ice accumulation for the Effingham area was expected at less than.1 of an inch. High near 44. North wind 9 to 14 miles per hour.

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"Temperatures are forecast to warm well into the 50s Friday". Temperatures will "crash" from the near 60s into the 20s. It is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon. The chance of precipitation will be 80 percent.

A flash freeze is distinct from freezing rain. Any standing water (and there will be a lot of it) will freeze up quickly. "Another system approaching early next week may offer low chances for light rain or snow".

As of Thursday afternoon, Skow said temperatures had already dropped to 16 degrees with a wind-chill reading of minus 4 degrees. Lows will be around 40 degrees, with a south wind 10 to 14 miles per hour.

The cold that arrives on Saturday will stick around a while (again).

Both Sunday and Monday look like dry and cold days.

The weather service in Birmingham said "concern was growing" about the potential for snow just behind the front on Tuesday.

The January thaw will kick into high gear today.