A cat watches snow fall in downtown Bangor on January 2, 2020. Credit: Julia Bayly / BDN

A winter storm is expected to bring up to a foot of snow to Maine on Saturday, in what could be the state’s first significant accumulation of the new year.

The National Weather Service’s stations in Caribou and Gray have issued winter storm warnings 7 p.m. Saturday affecting most of the state, from Washington to Oxford counties.

The service forecasted that snow would develop from the southwest to the northeast in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is expected to continue throughout the day in central Maine.

As of 10:30 a.m., snowfall totals were 2.6 inches in Auburn, 2.5 in Augusta, 2.5 in Casco, 4.1 in Farmington, 3.5 in Union and 2.5 in Wells.

About 6 to 8 inches of snow mixed with sleet could fall in Bangor before it stops around 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

8 to 12 inches is expected in Calais — which will also see sleet — as well as Danforth, Greenville, Millinocket and Lincoln.

Aroostook County will be saved from the worst of the storm, with only Houlton expected to receive up to a foot of snow. Presque Isle and Caribou are expected to receive 68 inches, while the St. John Valley is forecasted to receive 46 inches.

Motorists are advised to take precautions if traveling under the severe weather conditions, including keeping a flashlight, food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency.