GRAY, Maine — With dozens of school districts closed Monday in Southern Maine, the state is preparing for a pre-Christmas storm that is expected to include up to 8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

As of Monday morning, the weather service said that a weak low pressure system will continue over Maine, bringing snow and also bouts of freezing rain. The weather service expects a second, more significant area of low pressure to develop off the coast Monday night with western Maine seeing more snow Tuesday.

“Snow moves in this afternoon and evening as low pressure approaches from the upper midwest, then redevelops along the mid-Atlantic coast Monday,” the agency’s website states.

There is a winter weather advisory for a majority of the western part of the state and a winter storm warning for Franklin and Oxford counties. Western Maine could get up to 8 inches of snow Monday. Tuesday’s temperature in Maine is expected to be slightly higher than Monday, and a mix of snow and rain is expected to continue then, the weather service reports.