CARIBOU, Maine — The Easter travel weekend got off to a dicey start Friday, with snow falling in far northern Maine and freezing rain throughout the rest of the state.

According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, about 3 inches already hit the ground Friday morning, with up to 8 inches expected when all was said and done.

Commuters in Greater Bangor had a slick morning drive, with freezing rain coating many roads.

According to the National Weather Service, steadier freezing rain was falling in portions of Piscataquis County and from Greenville up to Millinocket, while coastal regions were expected to see light freezing drizzle.

The weather service posted a winter storm warning for northern Aroostook County in effect through 5 p.m. Friday.

According to the weather service’s forecast center in Gray, freezing rain was expected to taper off by late Friday morning as temperatures begin to rise.

Freezing rain advisories posted for southern, central and coastal counties were expected to be lifted by late Friday morning.

Precipitation was predicted to move out of the state by the end of the day. Easter weekend is expected to be free of precipitation, with temperatures warming into the 50s.

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