The speed limit on the entire length of the Maine Turnpike was lowered to 45 mph as a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain began rolling into the state late Monday.

Snow was already falling across the entire Interstate 95 corridor, from Waterville to Massachusetts, shortly before 10 p.m., according to Chris Kimble, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray.

Slowly more warm air is moving in, he said, and that will change the snow to sleet and then eventually freezing rain.

“We’re already seeing it change over in the southern half of Massachusetts,” Kimble said, “and that’s going to make its way to New Hampshire and then into Maine in the early morning hours.”

A total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet is possible overnight. Freezing rain is likely until about 8 a.m. Tuesday before it shifts to rain. It will be breezy Tuesday, with a high near 46 degrees.


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