A High Wind Watch has been issued for coastal areas, as a storm brings gusty winds and rain to Maine.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the Downeast coast, Wednesday night into Thursday. A storm will move into Maine Wednesday evening, bringing strong winds and a soaking rain. Coastal areas will see gusts from 50-55 MPH, with a chance for stronger gusts near 60 MPH at times. Winds will remain strong inland, where the Bangor area could see gusts 40-45 MPH at times.

In addition to the strong winds, a soaking rain will fall, heavy at times, throughout the overnight hours. Much of Maine will see 1-1 1/2 inches of rain. Warm temps, paired with heavy rain, will result in significant snowpack loss across northern areas of the state. Forecasters do not expect flooding at this time.

Forecasters say, "Can't rule out some wet untreated surfaces becoming icy across the north on Thursday AM as temperatures fall below freezing for a few hours."

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