The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Waldo County, as a storm begins to track towards the state.

According to the National Weather Service in Gray, the storm will bring the potential for heavy, wet snow and possible mixed precipitation along coastal areas. The storm is expected to hit the area in the afternoon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and last until the early evening on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Total snowfall amounts are expected to be between two and five inches with the possibility for higher amounts depending on how much mixed precipitation falls along the coast.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The potential storm comes on the heels of a recent system that moved through the area over the weekend and dumped between four inches and 12 inches across the county.

Because the storm may draw in warmer ocean air, the National Weather Service forecast says there is a chance the snow could mix or switch over to rain in areas along the coast.

Visibility could be as low as one quarter of a mile during heavier periods of snowfall. Winds are expected to blow between five mph and 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Temperatures will be in the low 30s.

The heavy, wet snow coupled with gusting winds could cause weak tree limbs to fall onto power lines causing scattered outages, the National Weather Service warns.

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