State to see freezing rain most of Wednesday; white Christmas still possible

Posted Dec. 21, 2011, at 10:16 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 21, 2011, at 10:39 a.m.

GRAY, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the state Wednesday, with freezing rain and snow wreaking havoc on Maine’s highways.

Bob Marine, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gray, said the advisory has been in effect since 3:00 Wednesday morning, but Mainers shouldn’t expect a white Christmas from this weather pattern.

“This is all freezing rain, drizzle and some sleet,” Marine said. “It’s going to be changing over to rain in the afternoon.”

The advisory is in effect in north and western parts of the state, and light snow began falling in the Bangor area just after 10 a.m.

While this system isn’t expected to bring any accumulating snow, forecasters believe another system heading into the region could bring some snow Thursday night into Friday.

The weather has been blamed for several accidents in the southern part of the state, and Marine is urging drivers to play it safe on the roads.