RUMFORD – Hunters hitting the woods on Saturday’s residents-only opening of Maine’s firearms season for deer could get some tracking snow from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning from an intense storm that’s expected to pummel parts of western Maine, according to the National Weather Service in Gray.

Late Monday afternoon, the service issued a wind advisory for most of Maine from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday. People should expect winds capable of damaging trees, causing power outages, and creating difficult driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles, according to the weather service bulletin.

Sustained winds will be between 15 and 30 mph with occasional wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph, the advisory stated.

The storm will start as rain and changeover to snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

A few inches of snow are expected to fall across higher terrain in the Western Mountains. Everyone else will likely get rain and possibly the first non-accumulating snowflakes of the season, meteorologist Dan St. Jean said Monday morning in Gray.

“We’re trying to squeeze an inch (of snow) out for Rumford,” St. Jean said. “But the storm is tracking west of Maine and coming up through New England, which is kind of unusual for this time of the year. It’s traveling right up the gut of New England, so it’s not a nor’easter. It’s more of a sou’wester.”

St. Jean said areas from the Canadian border and Jackman to Rangeley and Eustis could get a few inches of snow similar to what fell during last week’s storm mix.

“Whatever falls might stay for the rest of the week. With temperatures expected to be in the upper 30s, if we get 2 inches, it will stay. Some snow may end up being dropped on Wednesday, but we don’t see any big accumulations. Most of the heavier precipitation will be in Vermont and New York,” St. Jean said.

If the storm is anything like last week’s, Sugarloaf/USA could get another eight or so inches on the Carrabassett Valley ski hill’s summit, spokesman Ethan Austin said by phone on Monday morning.

“Last week, we got eight to 10 inches near the summit and an inch or two at the base,” he said.

Additionally, on Saturday another cold front is expected to bring rain and some snow showers.

Maine’s regular firearms deer season for residents and nonresidents runs from Monday, Nov. 3 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

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