PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A messy mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain is causing school closings, scattered power outages and tricky driving conditions in Maine.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm brought snow to Maine early Friday morning, with the snow turning to rain in southern and coastal areas.

Forecasters say the warm air will change the snow to sleet and freezing rain over interior portions during the day, but not before the mountains receive 4 to 8 inches of snow. Ice is expected to accumulate over much of interior Maine, possibly bringing down limbs onto power lines.

The storm is expected to move out of the state in the evening with a cooler and drier weather pattern returning for the weekend.

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