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Nice to have Jessica Gagne join Chris Costa and I tonight!

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Snow starts in the morning and will pile up to 6 inches in some towns.

I ran out of time to talk about it here, but I'm closely watching the end of the week. A large storm will form offshore. Tides are astronomically high, so coastal flooding is likely. How much snow we see will depend on the exact track. Stay tuned...

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Great way to start the weekend! Get out and enjoy it if you can. Snow starts between 7 AM and 9 AM tomorrow morning in western Maine, 9 AM and Noon in central/eastern Maine. I'll have the latest timeline tonight on NEWS CENTER at 6 and 11.

📸: Hampton Beach surf cam from Cinnamon Rainbows

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A mix of rain, sleet and snow moves through overnight. Saturday will be a mild day with highs nearing 50 degrees.

Snow moves in Sunday morning, around 6 AM in southern New Hampshire, 9 AM in the Portland area, noon in the Bangor area. It'll snow for much of the afternoon, then a mix and change to rain will occur near the coast.

Here are the expected snow totals from the weather team. I'll have updates this weekend.

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Portland did it - the warmest February day on record!

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70s TO SNOW?

Yeah, it's New England, and this stuff happens. The warmest areas Wednesday (York County, southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts) should see some SNOW on Thursday. Early call for accumulation: Coating to 2". More on this tomorrow.

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Ahhh, our old friend the marine layer.

The sun and warmth is so close, yet so far.

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FEBRUARY WARMTH...AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

"Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get." I'm not one to confuse weather and climate. Many years ago, I was a global warming skeptic. Approaching issues with a critical lens should always be acceptable. But make no mistake; there is a clear connection between human activity and a rising global average temperature. The data is blatantly obvious now. Even in a warming world, there will continue to be cold blasts and snowstorms.... Winters are not going away. But lingering fall warmth and early hints of spring appear to be more common occurrences here.

This is the second year in a row with record February warmth. Parts of New England hit 70 degrees last year on February 24. We're set to do it again, this time on February 21. The record warmest February high temperatures may be broken in Maine.

If I knew no better and glanced at the East Coast on this map, I’d think it is mid-summer. It's the "Bermuda high"! This pattern in July would produce temperatures in the 90s with high humidity. In February, it translates to spring warmth. While this kind of record warmth won't happen every year, the odds are increasing for warm spells like this one in the middle of winter.

By the way, even though we're warming up this week, it doesn't mean winter is done. Signals are strong we'll turn cooler and potentially stormy to start March.

Enjoy the warmth this week, and take a minute to appreciate how unusual it is.

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The highest temperatures recorded in February may fall this week...

The all-time February high temperature records are in jeopardy Wednesday.
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Monday will start sunny, but clouds move in and a shower is possible later in the day.

Updated: Sunday February 18th, 2018 at 6:45pm.
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Portland Headlight today.

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It’s a heavy, wet snow especially near the coast. Be careful digging out this morning. The winter full of surprises continues – some spots with over 6”. Share your totals and pictures with us. It should look nice as the sun comes up.

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Snow moves in this evening, but this storm is a quick-hitter. The sun comes out Sunday morning!

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Snow totals have been bumped up, but the timing hasn't changed. The heaviest occurs early Sunday morning, and the sun will come out quickly after it ends.

I'm working on a complete update for NEWS CENTER Maine at 6 after the Olympics, don't miss it.

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Good looking sunset on the New Hampshire seacoast tonight.

📸: Joel Albair, Seabrook

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