FORT KENT, Maine — It’s going to get a bit worse before it gets better, according to the National Weather Service.

Two weather systems moving into the state starting Wednesday night were expected to bring everything from snow to the far north to rain in the south and low temperatures through Saturday.

The first system was expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of snow to the Bangor area and Down East overnight Wednesday and up to 3 inches to western Maine Thursday night.

Areas farther south will see some sleet and freezing rain Thursday night, according to the weather service.

“It may make for some slippery driving,” Tony Mignon, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Caribou, said. “Then we are going to get a little bit of a break.”

As a second system passes to the west of Maine on Thursday night, warmer air aloft will usher in snow to the north and freezing rain, sleet and rain farther to the south, Mignon said.

The snow could change over to a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet by Friday morning in the north, he said.

“This is not going to be a big storm,” Mignon said. “But there will be some slippery travel conditions.”

Another shot of colder air will hold temperatures in the 30s through Sunday, but by Monday things will start to warm up to near 60 degrees in central and southern Maine and into the mid-50s to the north.

Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.