CARIBOU, Maine — Much of Maine woke up Wednesday morning to slushy roads and falling snow because of a low-pressure system churning through the area.

The National Weather Service posted a winter weather advisory for the entire state Wednesday, with snow expected to change over to rain in most areas later in the day.

Much of the state expected 1 to 3 inches before the precipitation switched over, with higher amounts expected in the mountains and in Aroostook County, along with northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

The change in precipitation also could result in freezing rain and slick travel conditions.

The speed limit on the Maine Turnpike was reduced to 45 mph from Falmouth through Augusta during the morning commute but speed limits were back to normal later in the day.

Temperatures were expected to increase Thursday, with rain and high winds forecast throughout the day.

With rain in the forecast, a flood watch has been posted for Aroostook and Piscataquis counties, along with northern Penobscot County.

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