GRAY, Maine — Get ready for the first major snowstorm of the winter.
The National Weather Service’s Gray office announced Friday morning that much of the state will be under a winter weather watch as a storm expected to bring at least 6 inches bears down on Maine.
The weather service forecasts 6 to 10 inches starting late Saturday night and lasting into Sunday.
Low pressure is expected to develop Saturday night along the mid-Atlantic coast before tracking toward Maine.
Snow will reach southwest Maine by Saturday night and into the Penobscot Valley by midnight if the storm’s track holds.
The winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday night into Sunday night. Snow could be heavy at times and visibility will be limited.
There’s also a chance that snow could mix with sleet and freezing rain.
Gov. Paul LePage’s office announced Friday afternoon that the governor has signed a limited emergency proclamation allowing fuel transport and delivery trucks to drive additional hours to ensure that homes will be properly heated.
“This declaration will allow heating fuel to be delivered to Maine families when they need it most during this frigid weather,” LePage said. “Keeping homes warm is critical to protect the public health and safety of Mainers.”
In addition to the snow warnings, a wind chill warning was in effect for northern portions of the state on Friday.
Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot and Somerset counties experienced biting wind chills throughout the day. The wind chill warning was in effect through Saturday morning.
Wind chills were expected to get as low as 35 below zero.