City of Auburn arborist Noel Skelton, right, gets the sidewalk plow ready for winter at Auburn Public Services on Thursday. Skelton and city employees were busy getting plows and other snow removal equipment ready in case expected snowfall started to add up overnight Thursday into Friday. “Snow — the only thing it gets used for,” Skelton said about the sidewalk plow. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

Mainers should expect rain and even snow in some areas Thursday.

Rain is expected develop between 2  and 4 p.m. Then precipitation should move out as the cold air settles in, therefore this storm will not have the chance to become what it could have been.

Many towns are still expected to see first flakes of the season though, and that will happen Thursday night between 8 p.m. and midnight.

WGME map

The snow won’t be much, only a coating to 2 inches for the Lewiston-Auburn area. The northern and eastern Maine will see higher amounts.

Northwest gusts over 30 mph and temps will be in the 30s with wind chills in the teens are expected Friday.

A more significant storm still appears to be in the cards next week. There’s a ton of cold air around, and we don’t see how we don’t get out of this pattern without a decent snow event.

We’re thinking Tuesday may bring snow and wintry mix.

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