BANGOR, MAINE Credit: Gabor Degre

It may be only mid-November, but much of Maine can expect to get hit with typical mid-winter weather Friday, according to weather forecasters.

Roughly half a foot or more of snow is predicted for most of Maine, with flakes expected to start falling Thursday night in southern Maine. A winter storm warning is in effect for western Maine and a winter weather advisory is in effect for the northern and eastern parts of the state.

The weather is predicted to complicate the Friday morning commute, the National Weather Service wrote Thursday in an advisory. Roads throughout Maine could be hazardous as people make their way to school or work.

“Severe winter weather conditions are expected,” forecasters at the weather service’s office in Gray warned. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

Bangor could get between 3 and 7 inches of sleet and snow between early Thursday night and Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou. Portland could get between 5 and 11 inches of sleet and snow.

Farther east along the coast, the precipitation may include periods of rain and likely will produce a lesser amount of snow, 6 inches or less, forecasters said. Strong winds are expected along the coast, with possible gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....