After seeing a brief period of sun Thursday, clouds are moving back into the Midcoast Friday morning ahead of our next storm system that is poised to bring accumulating snow to the region starting Friday night and continuing through much of Saturday. The greatest impacts will be felt across west and southwest Maine where snow totals will be greatest. Winter weather advisories and warnings are in effect for this part of the state … and no, this is no April fools' joke, unfortunately

An area of low pressure tracking east through the Ohio River Valley Friday will slide through the Mid Atlantic states on Saturday pushing a slug of moisture through the Northeast. This will run into colder and drier air across Maine and New England being fed in by an area of high pressure to our north allowing for snow through Saturday. The dry air will help to erode some of the snowfall as it tries to push into northern and eastern Maine, keeping snow totals lower.

Snow will begin moving into far southwest Maine around sunset Friday and push into the Midcoast leading up to midnight, light to start. Snow will struggle to pick up in intensity and coverage across the Midcoast at first Saturday morning as it encounters dry air but will pick up some into the afternoon and evening as the low levels of the atmosphere continue to become saturated. Temperatures on Saturday will hold around the low to mid 30s. Snow will taper off during the early nighttime hours before ending early Sunday morning as the area of low pressure to our south continues east, out to sea.

Snow totals will be highest across western Maine with 5 to 8 inches expected with locally higher amounts. These totals will taper off as you move east and north through the state with much of the Midcoast expected to be in the 2- to 5-inch range, highest as you travel west (see forecast map).

Skies will clear through the day on Sunday with relatively mild afternoon temperatures, climbing into the low to mid 40s. Our next storm arrives on Tuesday, this time in the form of rain.