An area of low pressure located over the southeast U.S. Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, will track north through the Mid Atlantic Friday night and then through the Gulf of Maine on Saturday as the storm intensifies.

This will bring soaking rain to Midcoast and Downeast Maine through the afternoon and early night with temperatures holding steady in the mid 30s to low 40s.

Meanwhile, colder air in place over interior and western Maine will make for a mainly snow event during this period. As the storm begins to track through the north and eastern Gulf of Maine and into the Canadian Maritimes Saturday night, cold air will collapse toward the coast changing rain over to snow as we head into Sunday morning.

Any snow will taper off through the morning with a stray flurry or two possible during the afternoon.

Rain totals will build onto the soaking we saw during the early week with another 1 to 1.5 inches expected. Snow totals will be highest over western Maine where 8 to 14 inches will be likely with lower amounts south and east (see forecast map).

A slight shift in the storm track west will result in more rain and less snow while a shift east would make for a longer duration of snow and higher totals for southern and eastern Maine.

Winds will be brisk as times as the storm moves through mainly Saturday night shifting from the northeast to the northwest with gusts between 40 to 50mph. This will subside through the day on Sunday but help to build seas to 4 to 8 feet along the Maine coast.

We'll see gradual clearing into Monday but temperatures will be chilly with highs in the 30s.