Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain hits Maine, travel will be tricky
STATEWIDE (WGME) -- Tuesday will be a dynamic weather day in Maine.
The storm will bring snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain throughout the day and winds will become strong as well.
The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph for the entire length of the Maine Turnpike.
In areas where it stays all snow, some totals could reach over a foot.
The first flakes will fall between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday.
A slow transition to a wintry mix and eventually rain will take place 10 a.m. though 1 p.m. along the coastal plain.
Rain and mountain snow will exit Maine between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Most areas will start with snow followed by a slow change to sleet, freezing rain, and rain.
The foothills and mountains will stay mostly, if not all, snow and that's where the highest totals are expected.
The coastal plain should expect 1 to 3 inches before the changeover.
Three to 6 inches is more likely from the west side of Sebago Lake through central Androscoggin County to central and northern Kennebec County.
Western Maine should pick up 6 to 10 inches and stay mostly, if not all, snow.
Some select areas like the eastern slopes of the higher peaks in the White Mountains, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley, and Bigelow Range should get 8 to 14 inches of snow.
Tides are running astronomically low Tuesday so coastal flooding is not expected to be a big concern.
Winds will become strong between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Gusts 35-45 mph are possible.
Wednesday will be windy as well with westerly gusts 35 to 45 mph.
There is the potential for a flash freeze Tuesday night after the precipitation comes to an end.
Temperatures will fall fast between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Wet surfaces on untreated roads will become icy.
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