Up to 12 inches of snow possible in parts of Maine

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:44 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Weather forecasters upgraded the storm heading for Maine from a watch to a warning on Wednesday.

They also increased the expected snowfall amounts to up to a foot in some locations, possibly more in southern Hancock County.

Meteorologist Mark Bloomer of the National Weather Service’s Caribou office said Wednesday that the snow is expected to begin falling in southern Maine sometime between midnight Wednesday and dawn on Thursday.

The snow, he said, will spread from southwest to northeast Thursday morning and will be heaviest Thursday afternoon and evening. The storm is expected to slowly wind down late Thursday night into Friday.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Caribou office noted that this latest round of snow will be more of the wet, heavy type, especially in the Down East, where Thursday’s high temperatures will be about 30 degrees.

“Winds will become northwest and increase to 10 to 20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph, on Friday. While this will create some blowing and drifting snow, it will not be nearly as extreme as what we experienced earlier this week,” the post said.

According to forecasters, most of the state can expect 6 to 10 inches of snow that will be heavy at times, at rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour.

Parts of Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec, Waldo, Lincoln and Knox counties, however, could get even more, with 8 to 12 inches anticipated.