Changes in forecasts indicate more snow than anticipated is arriving Tuesday, according to National Weather Service data.

Originally slated to get for 1 to 3 inches starting in the afternoon, most of western Maine can instead expect 2 to 5 inches. Eastern Maine is forecast to get 7 to 13 inches, more than double the 3 to 6 inches forecast Sunday.

Parts of Franklin and Oxford counties will likely get 3 to 5 inches during the day Tuesday and 1 to 3 inches in the evening, according to NWS forecasts. The Farmington to Waterville stretch should expect 2 to 4 inches to start with and another 1 to 3 inches in the evening. Southern Maine is expected to get 3 to 5 inches and then an additional inch or less.

Pine Tree Weather’s Mike Haggett, confident in his Sunday forecast for the week ahead, woke up to irritating, if not troubling, overnight developments brought on by short- and long-term forecasting differences from weather balloon and satellite data over the past few days.

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“I can see Midcoast and Down East shorelines bust on the low end. I can see western areas going higher. This is a fluffy snow for most, the exception will be where, if, when the coastal front moves in where it will get wetter,” Haggett said in his Monday morning update. “As the storm develops and moves into the Gulf of Maine, wind speeds will pick up and cause blowing and drifting of snow for coastal areas on up into eastern Maine.”

“Expect slick driving as the snow that compacts will be like glass,” Haggett said. “School closings are potentially there, and that may cause daycares to close as well.”


Haggett said coastal areas, especially in eastern Maine, may see a wintery mix ending with rain.

Auburn and Lisbon issued parking bans for Tuesday, according to Facebook posts from both municipalities.

Auburn’s ban will run from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday and Lisbon’s from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Lewiston will not institute a parking ban, city spokesperson Angelynne Amores said Monday afternoon.

Free winter relief parking permits in Auburn are required to use relief parking, and vehicles parked in the business district zone are exempt until 11 p.m.

Failure to remove vehicles parked illegally during the ban or in the business district zone after 11 p.m. may be towed. Auburn’s parking ban rules are listed on its website.

In Lisbon, vehicles left on the roadway during the parking ban will be towed.

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