Forecasters say snow that started falling around sunrise will drop between 2 to 6 inches across the state before it changes to rain mid-afternoon, prompting a string of school closures and early dismissals.
Those totals could change depending on when the snow turns to sleet, and then rain, sometime between 1 and 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Caribou and Gray. In response, speeds along the entire length of the Maine Turnpike have been reduced to 45 mph.
Bangor will get between 2 and 3 inches, capped by a wintery mix of sleet and rain in the afternoon, according to weather service office in Caribou.
Bangor High School dismissed students at 11 a.m., middle schools at 11:30 a.m., and elementary schools at noon, and pre-K was canceled, according to Superintendent Betsy Webb. John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor closed at 11 a.m.
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The snow will pile higher in places like Portland and along the New Hampshire border, where snow began falling earlier and could reach between 3 to 5 inches, according to the weather service office in Gray. Bridgeton and Fryeburg area could see between 6 and 8 inches, forecasters said.
As of 8:15 a.m., Portland public schools had not canceled classes — a hold-out among districts like Lewiston, Auburn, Brunswick and a host of other regional school units that announced snow days.
Those listings, as well as a string of government and business closures, are available online: http://bangordailynews.com/closings/.
Along the coast, only about an inch is expected to stick, tapering off by the time it moves east toward Rockland. Far northern parts of the state could see at much as a foot, forecasters said.
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