Eighty-year-old Ed Cyr uses a snowblower to clear his driveway at his Bangor home following a late winter snow storm in March 2017. The first snowfall of the winter is expected to hit Maine this weekend.

Weather forecasters are suggesting that winter might finally arrive in Maine this weekend with predictions for snow throughout the state.

Rain and then snow is expected to blow into Maine from the southwest on Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest amounts falling in eastern Maine in interior Hancock and Washington counties, which some meteorologists say could get more than 6 inches of snow. Range predictions of 1 to 3 inches and 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected for western interior and far northern Maine, while much of the coast is expected to get at least 3 inches and up to half a foot. Many peninsulas along the immediate coast are predicted to get slightly lower amounts.

“At this time, it appears as if the best chance for measurable snow will be across southeast Aroostook County, the upper Penobscot Valley and interior Downeast Maine, where 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible,” forecasters with the National Weather Service in Caribou indicated Thursday.

The snowfall is expected to be heaviest overnight and to taper off around midday Sunday.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....