The city of Bangor works to keep roads maintained during the snow storm in this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

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Projected Snow: Down East Maine could get up to 16 inches of snow on Saturday

Wind: Gusts of up to 55 mph

Temperatures: Mid-teens during the day, with an overnight low in the single digits, and a wind chill making it feel like below zero

A major ocean storm moving up the East Coast could dump buckets of snow across Maine this weekend.

A winter storm watch has been issued for the Down East, coastal Maine and some inland areas in anticipation of the weekend storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Blizzard conditions are possible, and winds could gust up to 55 mph on Saturday, the weather service office in Caribou warned. Significant blowing and drifting snow is possible, making travel dangerous.

The storm is currently expected to reach Maine sometime on Saturday and linger into Sunday, and could bring 10 to 16 inches of snow to the Down East region. Southern and coastal Maine could get 6 inches of snow, but accumulations of over a foot are possible, depending on the track of the storm.

Forecasters at the weather service office in Gray said on Thursday evening that the storm could change course and impact snowfall totals.

Forecasters are more certain of the threat of looming high winds, which could lead to power outages, blowing snow, erosion and coastal flooding, and will make open water dangerous to operate craft on.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning that advises Mainers to stay inside when possible, maintain contact with others and take proper precautions to maintain warmth and resources during the storm.