Of course this is what always seems to happen. We finally make it to spring and what are we talking about? Snow. Funny how that works out.

This system began this morning with a warm front moving through the area, starting us off with some scattered snow and rain showers.

The National Weather Service has already issued a winter storm watch for the eastern half of the state, which shows we’re expecting some decent snowfall.

This morning’s warm front is going to help provide some lift that will give us a pretty slow start to this system. Expect some scattered rain and snow showers throughout the day Wednesday.

Most of us will see on-and-off rain showers Wednesday, but if you live a little farther north, temperatures will stay cold enough to allow for some scattered snow showers instead. It will not be persistent precipitation, but it will rain or snow for 15 minutes and then let up, and continue on that cycle.

Around midnight the rain will change to snow from east to west statewide. By 8 p.m., the rain will begin to change to snow in the Lakes region of New Hampshire, moving into the Oxford Hills and the southern Maine coast. At midnight it’ll be snowing heavily from Fryeburg, Portland, Lewiston-Auburn through Bangor and Bar Harbor, but still raining in Eastport.


When you wake up for the morning commute Thursday, several inches of snow will be on the ground in northern/central Maine, with a few inches of snow in southern Maine. Downeast will take some time to accumulate Thursday morning thanks to the storm track heading north, but wraparound snow is coming by 5 a.m. through noon in the County and Downeast.

Throughout the night, that eastward progression means eastern Maine will get the brunt of the snow. This area is going to receive the most snowfall out of this system. We’re going to get some decent banding as the front moves through with high wind gusts, so we could see whiteouts and low visibility.

At the same time, southern Maine will be done with the snow, although it will still have to deal with any snow left on the roads.

By Thursday afternoon, this low pulls off to our northeast and only leaves a few scattered snow showers left for those living in The County and Downeast.

It’s windy and cold for the rest of Thursday and Friday before the next storm arrives on Saturday and it will be significant. Heavy snow and rain are expected nearly all day Saturday statewide.

Now here’s what everyone is actually here for … the snow map. Southern York County can expect the least snowfall, while Portland to Lewiston is expecting 1-3 inches.  Not too far from there in Augusta you’ll still see about three inches, but that gets us into the 3-6″ range, which includes Bangor. The central Highlands are expecting 6+ inches of snow out of this storm.

The winds are really going to pick up behind the cold front, with gusts up to 40mph, so we can expect a windy day on Thursday.

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