The National Weather Service is warning motorists to allow extra time for their Friday morning commute.

After breaking a record high temperature on Thursday that was set 25 years ago, Portland is in line to be hit by a storm that could leave up to 6 inches of snow on the ground by the time it ends Friday afternoon.

Meteorologist Eric Sinsabaugh said it should start to snow early Friday, with the heavier snow expected at daybreak and during the morning commute, when it could snow up to 1 inch an hour. The storm should end by midafternoon and the skies will start to clear.

“The roads are going to be wet and greasy,” Sinsabaugh said. “People are going to have to leave a little extra time to get to work.”

Sinsabaugh said coastal Maine will receive the most snowfall with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches expected to accumulate. The snow, which could mix with rain during the early morning hours, will be wet and heavy, he said.

Portland reached a high of 55 degrees on Thursday, breaking the previous record for Feb. 4 of 50 degrees set in 1991.

Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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