A dusting of snow coated central Maine on Tuesday morning, causing early releases for students and giving commuters a little more to think about.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory early Tuesday morning that is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The warning stated that 3 to 5 inches were expected over the southern portion of the state, with some western portions getting 1 to 2 inches.

Sean Goodwin, director of the Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency, said he had heard of no weather-related incidents around 11:30 a.m.

“Just irritation snow out there now,” he said of the 1 to 2 inches that already had fallen.

The high temperature hovered around 30 degrees. Wind, gusting up to 10 mph, wase considerably slower than the 30 mph gusts during Friday’s storm, which also brought a little more snow. No ice accumulation is expected in relation to the storm, according to the weather service.

Regional School Unit 2 and School Administrative District 11 were closed for the full day, and numerous other school districts, such as those in Augusta and Waterville, and Erskine Academy closed for the afternoon.

A chance of snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday and again Sunday into Monday.

The Augusta Police Department said in an early morning Facebook post that the snow was not too heavy and the roads were “pretty good.”

Goodwin said drivers will have little to worry about during the day, but even with more accumulation during the afternoon, there should be no problem.

“As long as people drive sensibly, we should have a great holiday,” he said.

Sam Shepherd — 621-5666

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