As the snow falls on Thursday, Eddie rides his mountain bike through Hannibal Hamlin Park in downtown Bangor.

Two days after several inches of snowfall caused cancellations throughout the state, another round of snow is expected to blanket Maine this weekend.

According to weather forecasters, the state is expected to get generally between 4 and 8 inches of snow Saturday and Sunday, starting in southern Maine late Saturday afternoon and lasting until Sunday evening in far northern parts of the state.

All of Maine was under a winter weather advisory on Saturday, and on Saturday afternoon the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Hancock, southern Penobscot, and most of Washington counties, saying that traveling during the storm could be dangerous. Up to a foot of snow could fall in coastal Hancock and Washington counties, along the Route 1 corridor between Ellsworth and Calais.

In addition to making travel difficult, the snow storm is expected to be accompanied by a wind chill in far northern Maine and the western mountains that could increase the risk of frostbite, according to the weather service.

The snow is not expected to have much effect on the cold temperatures, which on Saturday morning ranged from the single digits to the low teens across the state. Temperatures in southern Maine are projected to rise slightly above freezing on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but otherwise will stay below the teens or 20s. Monday and Tuesday nights are predicted to be especially cold statewide, with temperatures below zero degrees.

Several municipalities in southern and central Maine have announced street parking bans for Saturday night and Sunday morning, while several churches have canceled Sunday morning services.

The snow forecast stems from a large swath of expected foul weather that extends from a blizzard warning in the eastern Dakotas to winter warning advisories and warnings that have been issued for most of the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.

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....