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Snow today, tough commute in Maine

This storm is not a blockbuster, but it will be enough snow at the wrong time to make travel tough.

MAINE, USA — If you're a winter weather lover, you know that means one thing: more significant snow totals are on the table.

No, this will not be a huge blockbuster event.

It will, however, freshen up the snowpack and allow for Mainers to get out and enjoy some winter recreation.

Both the National Weather Service in Gray and Caribou have winter storm warnings posted for various parts of Maine.

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First thing's first, the timing of this snow is not ideal for travel.

Given the cold air as snow begins, it will stick to the roads immediately. Driving for the first half of the day will be very difficult. But it will improve during the afternoon as the snow wanes.

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This glance at 8 a.m. Friday spells trouble for the morning commute. It'll be tough to travel.

Here's an idea of what the radar will look like this morning.

Throughout almost all of Maine, snow will be falling into some cold air. Temperatures will be in the 20s.

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Things start to wrap up in western and central Maine around sunset.

This storm is a pretty quick mover, with most areas seeing snow for less than 12 hours.

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A lot of us will end up in a 4-8 inch range. But there will be exceptions. Downeast Maine could get close to a foot. The north and mountains, unfortunately, will see much less, just a couple of inches.

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Given the temperature profiles, it should be pretty light and fluffy snow.

Even better, no need to worry about mixing with this one.

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Clean up times are above, but the wind may complicate it a bit. Blowing and drifting will continue through the evening and you may need to make an additional pass with the plow or snowblower before going to bed tonight.

Behind this, a blast of Arctic air is slated for early next week. The coldest temperatures of the season, and maybe even the past few seasons, are looking likely.

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