The Portland area may receive up to 6 inches of snow beginning early Tuesday, followed by periods of sleet and freezing rain, said a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Gray. Other parts of the state may receive as much as a foot of snow, he said.

Meteorologist James Brown said Sunday that the current forecast is 4 to 6 inches of snow in and around Portland on Tuesday, and 8 to 12 inches farther north and in the mountains. The high in Portland is expected to be around 27 degrees.

The snow is expected to turn into sleet early Wednesday, followed by freezing rain and then rain as the day progresses, according to the weather service. The expected high in Portland on Wednesday is 44 degrees.

“It’s going to be kind of a messy storm,” Brown said.

The precipitation is expected to end by Wednesday night. Brown said the weather service is not expecting significant ice buildup from the freezing rain during the storm.

“It’s probably going to be more in the realm of sleet after the snow,” he said.

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