Eastern coastal Maine was expected to get more than half a foot of snow Tuesday before an offshore storm moves away into Canadian waters.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Tuesday afternoon for parts of Hancock and Washington counties.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute,” NWS forecasters wrote in a statement. “Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected.”

The warning is expected to be in effect until 7 p.m. Snow along the eastern coast started falling around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Bangor was expected to get 2 to 4 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Portland was not expected to get any snow but did get some minor coastal flooding Tuesday morning as a result of the storm and astronomical high tides.

The snow is expected to stop falling Down East by the evening, as the storm heads out to sea, Bloomer said.

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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....