Bob Bard, 84, flings snow Monday while shoveling his driveway in Winslow. The forecast calls for several inches of snow to fall late Thursday and Friday across central Maine. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Several inches of snow are expected to fall across central Maine beginning late Thursday and continuing Friday.

Heavy, wet snow is expected to make for a slippery commute Friday morning.

Southern areas of the Kennebec County capital region are expected to see between 6 and 9 inches, while the Waterville area is expected to get 4 to 6 inches, according to Sarah Thunberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“Most of the snowfall is expected overnight, so, more like 5 to 7  inches overnight, with an additional 1 to 2 inches after sunrise (Friday),” Thunberg said. “Given most of the snow falling overnight, the Friday morning commute is looking slippery. It’s going to be a pretty wet snow, a bit heavy. And that causes really slippery, slushy driving conditions.”

The afternoon commute Friday could still be slippery, but much less so than the morning, as the snow tapers during the day.

Power outages could be a concern in southern areas of Maine due to the wet snow adding weight to trees that could damage power lines.


Thunberg said calm weather is expected Saturday, but another snowstorm Sunday into Monday could add accumulation in Maine, although the National Weather Service did not yet have snowfall predictions for that storm.

Astronomical high tides Sunday and Monday could bring some coastal flooding.

As of Thursday, the National Weather Service had issued the following:

• A winter storm warning, indicating the potential for more than 6 inches of snow between midnight Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, for areas including: Augusta, China, Dresden, Palermo, Sidney, Vassalboro, Waterville, Whitefield and Windsor.

• A winter weather advisory, indicating the potential for 2 to 6 inches of snow between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, for areas including: Embden, Farmington, Madison, New Sharon, Palmyra, Pittsfield and Skowhegan.

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