A snowstorm expected to become a “solid thump of snow” is making its way across northern New England, with snow falling an inch an hour in some places.

It started Wednesday morning and came down strong in the afternoon. The snow may turn into a mix of sleet and rain over parts of the Maine coast.

The snow was expected to taper off Wednesday night

Local schools — including Central Maine Community College — canceled classes for the day.

[Storm closings & delays list]

Parking bans will take effect Wednesday too. Auburn’s parking ban is from noon Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday, while Lewiston’s is from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday.

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