GRAY, Maine — Much of the state enjoyed clear blue skies Thursday, but that will change rapidly as another snowstorm bears down on the area.
The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning, as a front moving in from the Great Lakes is expected to bring 12 to 16 inches of snow.
The bulk of the snow is expected in northern and eastern counties, according to Michael Cimpa, a forecaster at the weather service’s Gray office.
Many Mainers still were digging out from Tuesday’s blizzard, and any reprieve will be short lived.
“Dig out what you can and do it again,” Cimpa said. “We’re not out of the woods.”
Cimpa expects the storm to intensify once it goes offshore, with snow starting Thursday night and lasting throughout the day Friday and into the night.
Winter storm warnings are in effect through 10 a.m. Saturday for western counties, and 1 p.m. for the remainder of the state.
Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another storm that could hit the area Monday, but Cimpa said it appears that one is going to stay to the south and will have little impact on Maine’s weather, save for coastal flurries.
Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.