The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for the Midcoast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Many area schools are closed for the day. For a full list of school closures, see the link at the bottom of this story.

Around mid-day Wednesday, Feb. 8, Tyler Southard, VStv chief meteorologist, said a fine, powdery snow should start during the early to mid-morning hours on Thursday and then end during the early nighttime hours Thursday as an area of low pressure moves from west to east through the southern Gulf of Maine. The snow accumulation rate will be light at the onset Thursday morning and then pick up in intensity leading into the afternoon. No mixing of sleet or rain will be associated with this storm with temperatures remaining below freezing in the low levels of the atmosphere.

Snow totals will be highest for coastal and Downeast Maine at 8 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts. Lesser amounts will be found inland and into far northwestern Maine. A shift north in the storm track would drive in more moisture, resulting in higher totals along the coast, while a shift south would allow for drier air to remain in place, decreasing snow totals.

North winds will remain breezy during this event, with sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph. This will result in areas of blowing and drifting snow and wind chill values near or below zero through Thursday. A Gale Warning is likely during this period with seas of 2 to 4 feet for Penobscot Bay and 5 to 10 feet for the northern Gulf of Maine.

Skies clear out into Friday with continued breezy conditions and highs in the teens. A quick-moving system will enter the Midcoast on Saturday with additional light snow accumulation.

In addition to cancellations and delays listed elsewhere on this website, we have received the following weather-related announcements:

The Knox County Superior Court, Rockland District Court , and the Knox County Administrative Offices are closed Thursday; they will reopen Friday at 8 a.m.

The Rockport Select Board's Special Library Workshop planned for Thursday evening has been postponed until further notice.

The Waldoboro Town Office is closed Thursday.

The Camden Town Office will close at noon Thursday.

The Rockport Town Office and Rockport Public Library will close at noon Thursday.

The CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band Concert scheduled for tonight has been postponed until Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m.. If you have purchased a ticket, and can make the new date, you can just come to the rescheduled date with your original tickets in hand. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you will receive a full refund. Call 236-7963 for more information.

The Valentine's Open House at Camden's Wayfinder School has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 16.

The annual "Young Hearts" student art show at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro has been postponed to Friday, Feb. 10.

The Mid-Coast Solid Waste transfer station is closing at noon Thursday. The facility is expected to open Feb. 10 at 8 a.m.

The St. George Town Office and Transfer Station will close at noon Thursday.

The South Thomaston Town Office will close at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Lincolnville Town Office will close at noon Thursday.

The Camden Public Library will close at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Rockland Harbor YMCA child care will close at 3 p.m. and the fitness center will close at 5 p.m.Thursday.

Warren Town Office will close at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The artists' reception for Darlene Cocke and Laurie Webber at Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor is postponed next Thursday, Feb. 16.

Gibbs Library in Washington is closed Thursday; the documentary screening will be rescheduled in the spring.

Other cancellations may be found by clicking the Bulletins banner. This story will be updated as further information is received.