A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Midcoast and Downeast Maine from early Friday morning, Jan. 7 through the early night with widespread snowfall on the way.

Snow will begin during the morning and continue through the day before ending during the early night as an area of low pressure tracks through east through the Gulf of Maine. Temperatures will hover around the upper 20s to low 30s, making for an all snow event with breezy north winds adding to reduced visibility, but not strong enough to aid in power outages. Snowfall amounts will be highest across far Downeast Maine and parts of the Penobscot Bay region, where five-to-nine inches will be possible, with lower amounts across Maine as you move north and west (see snowfall forecast map).

Camden and Rockland have announced a parking ban for Friday and into Saturday because of the pending snowstorm.

Rockland’s parking ban will begin 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7 to 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. Parking is available in the Winter Street lot.

There will be a winter parking ban for all streets and parking lots in Camden, with the exception of the Public Safety lot on Washington Street from 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7  to 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.

“We understand a daytime ban could be less than ideal, but it is necessary for crews to stay ahead of the conditions this storm will bring. Those who need street parking for short durations like store or pharmacy visits will not be subject to ticketing. We just ask that these are short duration parking situations. Our Public Works crew appreciates your assistance in this matter ,so they can safely and efficiently get our streets and lots cleared. If the storm is shorter in duration, and clean-up is ahead of schedule we will lift the parking ban early. Thank you for your cooperation,” stated the news release from the Camden Police and Public Works departments.

Knox County and court offices will be closed Friday.

Regional School Unit 13, RSU 40, School Union 69, Saint George MSU announced schools will be closed on Friday because of the forecast for snow.

Rockport town offices and library are closed Friday, Jan. 7.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum will be closed Friday, Jan. 7 due to weather.

UMA Rockland Center will be closed, Friday, January 7th due to weather.

All Regional School Unit 20 schools and activities are canceled Jan. 7.

All Regional School Unit 3 schools are closed Jan. 7.

Regional School Unit 71 is closed Jan. 7. Students are doing virtual learning.

Hope town library will be closed today due to weather.

The Islesboro Town Office and library will close at noon Jan. 7.

Belfast Free Library and Belfast transfer station will close at noon Jan. 7.

We’ll see sunny and cold conditions on Saturday with lows in the teens and highs in the mid 20s, followed by a milder Sunday with highs raising into the upper 30s to low 40s. We’ll see some rain late Sunday that will transition to a brief round of snow overnight as well. This will be followed by some of the coldest air we’ve seen so far this winter, with lows dipping down below zero by Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, and highs only in the single digits, with wind chill values reaching negative-10 to negative-20.

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Tugboats in Belfast Harbor with the Route 1 bridge barely visible in the background Jan. 7. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Downtown Belfast at approximately 9 a.m. Jan. 7. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

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