6-10 inches of snow on the way for Tuesday

Posted March 17, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine – If you thought the warm temperatures last week were a sign of spring’s early arrival, think again.

Another snowstorm of 6-10 inches is on course to hit the Down East area on Tuesday afternoon and spread northward into Aroostook County by Tuesday night and perhaps into Wednesday, said Vic Nouhan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service of Caribou.

“It is going to be a typical snowstorm for up here,” Nouhan said Sunday. “It is a little early to say absolutely for accumulations but probably there will be enough to issue a warning.”

The storm will be accompanied by moderate winds and the southeasternmost area of the weather front will probably carry some rain, Nouhan said.

Bangor will probably get 6-10 inches, but that might change, said Maureen Hastings, forecaster at the weather service.

“It is too early to be talking specifics about what areas are going to get accumulations,” Hastings said Sunday.

Temperatures will edge closer to springlike by the end of the week but won’t rise over freezing, Nouhan said.

And another storm is likely to hit before month’s end. Most of northern Maine averages 15-25 inches for March, and Tuesday’s storm will be the first significant accumulation of snow for the month, Nouhan said.

“We’re probably due for more snow,” he said.

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