The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from noon Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday, with snow accumulations topping 10 inches and mixing with rain in many regions.
In anticipation of the storm, the University of Maine has opted to keep its residence halls open until Saturday morning to accommodate students who aren’t able to leave for spring break on Friday. It was not clear late Thursday if classes would be held.
“At this time, we expect classes to be held according to normal schedules, Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said Thursday in a memorandum to the campus community.
“A final decision on Friday classes will be made by 6 a.m. Friday, in accordance with UMaine’s inclement weather policy,” he said.
The storm is expected to make traveling hazardous and near whiteout conditions are likely Friday evening.
“We are aware that the bad weather may affect students traveling for spring break, so we have made a critical adjustment relative to UMaine residence halls,” Dana said. He said dorms will stay open until 9 a.m. Saturday to accommodate those who need to stay on campus for Friday classes but do not wish to travel until the storm clears.
“The same principle applies to commuter students, who should consider adjusting travel schedules according to the weather situation,” he said. “If you can leave before the storm starts, we encourage you to do so,” he said before wishing students a “safe, restful and enjoyable spring break.”
Northeastern Maine and along the coast will see between 4 and 6 inches of snow, according to the NWS in Caribou. Interior sections, including Bangor, will get between 6 and 10 inches of snow. Some media outlets predict snow totals as high as 15 inches in the mountains.
Temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s and winds will be light, increasing to 15 to 25 mph from the north Friday afternoon with gusts up to 35 mph Friday evening. Temperatures will drop to the single numbers at night.
Saturday will be sunny to mostly sunny with highs in the teens for most parts of the state, but wind chill values will be as low as minus 11 in Bangor and minus 19 in The County. Clouds will move in at night with lows around zero in the Bangor area. Saturday night will be mostly clear in The County with lows around minus 10.