LEWISTON — Lewiston and Auburn are expected to get about 6 inches of heavy, wet snow beginning late Monday, which is likely to hamper the Tuesday morning commute.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute,” a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service read.

(US National Weather Service map)

According to Derek Schroeter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, rain showers were expected to end late Sunday, and light precipitation was expected to resume by 3 p.m. Monday.

Forecasters said Sunday the White Mountains — in Bethel, Kingfield, Farmington, Eustis and Jackman — were expected to receive about a foot of snow.

According to a Facebook post  by the National Weather Service, rain is expected along much of the Maine coast and in southern New Hampshire, with snow mixed in at times.

“This is definitely looking like the most-significant storm this season for the mountains,” Schroeter said. “They’ve received a fair amount of 6-to-10-inch storms, but there’s a pretty good shot of at least seeing a foot, with localized amounts of about 16 inches.”

The Oxford Hills area is projected to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.

(WGME map)

Slippery weather conditions have been blamed as the cause of a fatal accident in Cornville. According to the Kennebec Journal, Gregory Griffeth, 43, of Skowhegan was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday on Shadagee Road, which is also Maine State Route 43.

According to safety tips  published by the Maine Department of Transportation, drivers should travel slowly in icy and snowy conditions, allow plenty of time to brake, allow extra room between vehicles and stay alert when in bad weather.

According to the Portland Press Herald,  November has been unusually snowy in Maine, with Portland setting a Thanksgiving Day record of 7 inches on the ground.

Record low temperatures Thanksgiving Day were set in Portland, where the temperature dipped to 6 degrees, compared to the previous record of 13 degrees in 1972, and in Augusta, where the thermometer slid to 4 degrees, compared to the previous record of 9 degrees in 1978.

In Jackman, residents woke to a low of 10 below zero Thanksgiving morning.


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