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May 25. 2013 9:44PM

Weather to slowly improve over long weekend

The lousy weather that featured flooding in the North Country and snow in higher elevations on Saturday will continue today statewide, but the Memorial Day holiday itself should give holiday revelers at least one pleasant day.

A slow-moving low-pressure system that moved in Friday night has seen temperatures drop combined with steady rain, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, which oversees much of New Hampshire.

"That's why we've been having all this fun," Schwibs said with a hint of sarcasm.

Saturday's high temperatures through much of the state were in the 40s, with rain that was heavy at times. The Androscoggin River in Gorham and the Connecticut River in Dalton were each expected to reach flood stage Saturday night and into this morning, with the Connecticut River expected to stay in flood stage "right into Monday," Schwibs said.

Employees at Mr. Pizza at 160 Main St. in Gorham said the river hadn't flooded as of 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Schwibs said snow was expected to fall at the peak of Mount Washington and in other higher elevations, where temperatures were expected to dip into the 20s overnight Saturday into this morning.

By Monday, though, the state is expected to have sunny skies and temperatures reaching the 70s in southern portions of the state and the 60s in the North Country, he said.

"This system will slowly start to pull away Sunday," he said.

tbuckland@unionleader.com


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