Winter storm expected to hit late Tuesday, last into Wednesday

Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 04, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — After a stretch of mild weather, a winter storm expected to bring up to 8 inches of snow is bearing down on Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

Accumulating snow was expected to start falling late Tuesday night and last through Wednesday, according to the weather service.

Much of the state is under a winter storm warning, as the weather service already has issued an alert for Oxford, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Waldo, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties.

In addition, southern Franklin and Somerset counties are under winter weather advisories, along with portions of Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties

The weather hazards are in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The forecasted heavy snow is expected to taper off Wednesday night, but roads throughout the state are expected to be slick and visibility reduced, according to the weather service.

The weather service is forecasting 4 to 8 inches of snow in the area.