A dose of snow and messy weather is on its way to Maine for Saturday.

John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, said snow would begin falling in the southern part of the state after midnight Friday and then spread over the rest of the state overnight.

He said the precipitation should stay all snow from Lewiston north, but because that part of the state is farther away from the storm, only about 4 to 6 inches of snow are expected to fall.

In southern Maine, particularly near the coast, Cannon said the snow will mix with sleet, freezing rain, rain and then change back to snow before the storm moves away late Saturday afternoon.

That will keep snow totals in that section of the state to 2 to 4 inches, Cannon said.

On Sunday night, a “Norland trough” could set up and produce brief periods of heavy snow, Cannon said.

The troughs are hard to predict and any snow is typically highly localized, he said, so most of the state should escape snow-free.

Cannon said it will be colder next week, with highs generally in the 20s, and gusty winds will make it feel colder during the first half of the week.

But no snow is expected until the end of the week at the earliest, he said.

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