March 23, 2019
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Keep those shovels handy. Greater Bangor is about to get up to 10 inches of snow.

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
People push a car that got stuck in the snow at an intersection in Bangor, Dec. 25, 2017.

Winter is officially back on track after last week’s unseasonable warmth. A winter storm is going to dump up to a foot of snow over most Maine starting Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning.

The snow is expected to start flying about 9 p.m. over Greater Bangor, Mount Desert Island and Greenville, according to the weather service office in Caribou. Further along the Down East coast to Machias and Eastport snowfall will begin about 10 p.m., and central and northern Penobscot can expect to see the flakes about the same time. Up in The County, the snowfall won’t start until 1 to 2 a.m., according to the weather service.

Snowfall will commence over southern Maine Tuesday evening. It will last into Wednesday.

The latest forecast shows an estimated 10 inches of snow coming to Greater Bangor, with lighter accumulation expected along the Down East coast from Bar Harbor to Eastport, where 8 inches of snow is anticipated, according to the weather service.

Accumulation will get heavier to the north, with 12 inches expected in Lincoln, 14 inches in Greenville and Millinocket, and 12 to 13 inches falling from Houlton to Caribou, according to the weather service. The accumulation starts to fall off again closer toward the northern border with Canada, where just under a foot is expected.

Meanwhile, the weather service office in Gray is forecasting 8 to 12 inches to fall over much of the southern part of the state from Sanford in York County to Belfast in Waldo County. Inland toward Rangeley and Jackman the weather service is also predicting about 8 to 12 inches of snow to accumulate.

Lighter amounts of snow are possible along the immediate coast from Portland to Rockland, where 6 to 8 inches is in the forecast.

Along the coast snow may change over to rain or mixed precipitation early Wednesday morning, and a wintry mix on the coast will end by Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS affiliate WGME.

The storm will bring high winds, which will gust up to 35 to 45 mph, according to WGME. Those winds will be strongest between midnight and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Once the storm moves out, the wind will stick around, with sustained westerly winds of 20 to 30 mph on Thursday, WGME reports.

This will be the first of two storms to hit the state this week. Another storm will bring rain to the south and more snow to the north on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

 



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