PORTLAND — A storm that’s forming off the coast of New England is expected to bring just what many winter sports enthusiasts have been longing for: snow.

Chris Legrow of the National Weather Service says there’ll be snow, sometimes heavy, in the interior portions of Maine and New Hampshire on Thursday. He says there could be 6 to 8 inches of snow in those regions, while the coast will see lesser amounts, or rain. Vermont is expected to get 3 to 6 inches, followed by sleet or freezing rain.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday for snow, sleet and freezing rain.

The forecast is welcome news for winter tourism businesses. In Maine, snowmobiling has been virtually nonexistent except in the far north.

The snow is expected to arrive before the Martin Luther King Day weekend, a big weekend for skiing and snowmobiling.



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