The first "official" day of winter is Friday December 21st, and the weather is going to be nasty, but decidedly un-winterlike in Downeast Maine! There is a High Wind and Flood Watch in effect for Downeast Maine for Friday December 21st.

The High Wind Watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through late Friday night, December 21st. According to the National Weather Service winds are expected to be out of the South, 30 to 40 miles per hour with some gusts up to 60 miles per hour possible.

A High Wind Watch means there is a potential for a hazardous high wind event.  High winds may blow down trees, limbs and power lines. Scattered to widespread power outages are possible.

The Flood Watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. Downeast Maine is expected to receive 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible. These could lead to localized flooding and significant ponding of water on the roads. In addition the warmer temperatures will cause snow melt which will add to the water on the roads as the ground remains frozen.