Northern Maine will likely see its first accumulation of snow Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

The state’s first snowflakes were spotted Tuesday, but they didn’t stick around.

Up to 3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate Thursday night as temperatures drop into the 20s, the service said. Accompanying high winds could reach up to 40 mph in northern parts of the state.

Northern Maine typically sees its first snowfall in mid-October, the service said, but last month’s record-warm temperatures likely caused the delay.

The warmest October on record in Caribou, the average temperature there last month hovered just over 51 degrees, more than 8 degrees above normal, the service said.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.