The powerful nor’easter hitting Maine on Thursday has been officially declared a blizzard.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the southern Maine coast, including all of Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec and York counties, the Mid Coast and Downeast Maine from noon Thursday until early Friday morning.
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A winter storm warning has been issued for the rest of the area from Thursday morning and lasting until Friday morning.
There is also a coastal flood warning in effect for the coast of Maine on Thursday.
The ocean storm will track through the Gulf of Maine, bringing heavy snow and high winds for several hours.
Southern, central and western Maine can expect 10-15 inches of snow from the storm. Midcoast and Downeast Maine could see 14-18 inches of snow.
The snow began falling Thursday morning and will last through Thursday night.
Blizzard conditions are possible Thursday afternoon because of high winds causing blowing and drifting snow.
Power outages are a serious concern with this storm.
Once the storm moves out, more bitter cold air moves in Friday and through the weekend.