Up to 5 inches of snow expected in coastal, western Maine

Posted Jan. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Down East and Penobscot Bay regions and the western reaches of Maine could see as much as 5 inches of new snow as a strengthening low-pressure system moves up the East Coast on Saturday, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service’s offices in Caribou and Gray.

Winter weather advisories are in effect from 4 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday for coastal Knox and Waldo counties, where snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected, and for coastal Hancock and Washington counties, where forecasters say 3 to 5 inches could fall.

The snow is expected to develop in the afternoon and continue through late Saturday evening before tapering off around midnight, the weather service warned.

The snow could result in slippery road conditions and limited visibility, so anyone out on the roads should use caution as strong winds will lead to blowing snow.