Today will see a ridge of high pressure build throughout the region. Another low-pressure system will pass across the area on Thursday and then leave eastward on Friday. Another low-pressure system will pass across the area on Saturday and Sunday.
A ridge of high pressure centered north of Maine will sweep through the area. However, moisture trapped behind an inversion will keep the sky generally gloomy throughout northern parts, while partly sunny/mostly cloudy skies will prevail across the rest of the region, according to the forecast.
High temperatures will range from the lower to mid-20s in the north to approximately 30 degrees in the core of the state's Downeast region, with lower 30s around the state's coast.
Across the area on Thursday and Friday, a mostly zonal flow will prevail in the upper atmosphere. On Thursday, the sky will be mostly overcast with some sunshine.
Because of the low availability of moisture, it is projected that there will be minimal measurable precipitation.
Only a little likelihood of light snow is expected, with patches of freezing drizzle also a distinct possibility. In any case, the QPF levels will be in the range of a few hundredths of an inch or less at the most. Cloudy skies are expected to remain Thursday night, with another weak short wave moving across the area.
Due to the somewhat zonal flow, it is projected that there would be little if any, noticeable rainfall. However, there will be a persistent risk for light snow, patchy freezing drizzle, and maybe some freezing rain.
Friday's daytime hours will be mostly dry, with some minor upper ridging likely in the afternoon. Some light warm advection precipitation will return for Friday night, although the QPF levels will be on the light side once again.
However, we may get some light snow or freezing drizzle at times once again.