BANGOR, Maine — Get the shovels and plows ready.
A major storm is predicted to hit most of Maine Thursday, dumping up to 18 inches of snow on parts of the state before winding down Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow is expected to begin falling in the Portland area by late morning Thursday, spreading north throughout the day. Expect snow by lunch time in Bangor, mid-afternoon in the Katahdin region and early evening in northern Aroostook County.
“It’s a traditional Nor’easter,” Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist with the NWS in Gray, said Wednesday evening.
The area between Bangor and Greenville is expected to get 10 to 16 inches of snow. Portland will see 8-12 inches.
Northern Penobscot and southeast Aroostook counties, including Millinocket and Medway, are expected to see the heaviest snow, with accumulations between 12 and 18 inches, according to the weather service.
Southern, western and the midcoast Maine are expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow. Down East Maine will get a mix of rain and snow Thursday evening, turning to snow after midnight. Four to six inches of accumulation is expected, though Washington County will get more snow away from the coast.
High winds around the state, especially overnight and into Friday, will reduce visibility and make travel dangerous, the weather service said.
Central Maine Power crews are preparing for the worst — 25 crews that had been in Pennsylvania offering restoration service have been called back.
Spokeswoman Gail Rice said the crews were expected to arrive back in Maine on Wednesday afternoon.
Utility trucks are fully equipped and fueled, Rice said.
Customers who lose electricity should contact CMP’s toll-free hotline at 800-696-1000.
Legislative public hearing and work sessions for Thursday have been canceled, although the House and Senate are still scheduled to meet at 10 a.m.
Watch bangordailynews.com for the latest storm coverage and cancellations.