GRAY, Maine — The first winter storm of December brought slippery driving conditions throughout the state Monday, and a winter storm warning has been issued for most of Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
Franklin, Oxford and Somerset counties were experiencing heavy snow and freezing rain, according to Mike Kistner of the National Weather Service in Gray.
Kistner said he expects coastal areas of the state to experience all rain.
A winter weather advisory has also been issued for Penobscot, Aroostook, Hancock and Piscataquis counties, Paul Fitzsimmons of the National Weather Service in Caribou said.
He expects a mix of snow and sleet to continue throughout the morning, with southern areas of the counties changing over to rain by the afternoon, while sleet and freezing rain will continue into tonight in northern sections.
Along the Maine Turnpike, speeds have been reduced to 45 miles per hour between Gray and Augusta, according to a post on the turnpike’s Twitter feed.