This week in Maine will start with snowfall and end with freezing temperatures.

“Welcome to winter,” said John Cannon, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Sunday night and Monday. In southern Maine, Cannon said the snow should start falling shortly before midnight Sunday.

“You could have some sleet and freezing drizzle during the afternoon Monday,” Cannon said.

Portland could wake up to 4 to 6 inches of snow by Monday morning. Communities closer to the coast could see accumulations of around 3 inches, while inland towns could get as much as 7 inches. Cannon said the ski areas should get several inches of fresh powder as well.

“The mountains right now will probably not bear the brunt of the storm,” Cannon said. “The jackpot is going to be southern interior Maine.”

The rest of the week will be colder. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low-20s during the day and the single digits at night. Cannon advised Maine residents to check the insulation around their pipes and avoid leaving pets outside too long.

“We could be issuing some wind chill advisories mid-next week,” Cannon said.

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