Saturday’s tame snowfall harbinger of potential springtime Nor’easter midweek

Betty Clement shovels her driveway on 14th Street in Bangor as her dog Blitzen (left) barks and bites at the snow she clears. Dasher, her other pet, watches after Thursdays' storm ended.
Betty Clement shovels her driveway on 14th Street in Bangor as her dog Blitzen (left) barks and bites at the snow she clears. Dasher, her other pet, watches after Thursdays' storm ended. Buy Photo
Posted March 22, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
Last modified March 23, 2014, at 9:55 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A quick, sometimes heavy snowfall Saturday afternoon hasn’t piled up as much as predicted, but could be a precursor to a storm with the potential to drop a foot to 18 inches of snow on central and eastern parts of the state midweek.

A winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday for parts of Somerset, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. The advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. in parts of Washington and Aroostook counties. Forecasts predicted snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches — and up to 6 inches in some spots — though towns in the Bangor area were lagging far below those estimates, with little to no accumulation as of late afternoon.

In advance of Saturday’s storm, Bangor announced a downtown parking ban for Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Something much more annoying could be coming, according to the National Weather Service.

A midweek storm could dump more than a foot of springtime snow on parts of the state, mostly on Wednesday. Other forecasts and storm tracks have been calling for smaller accumulation totals between 3 and 8 inches.

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