The National Weather Service is warning Maine residents to prepare for freezing rain and power outages Thursday night.
Meteorologist John Cannon says the forecast calls for ice accumulations of a half-inch along the coast and up to 1 inch a few miles inland. That’s enough to bring down limbs and power lines, and the weather service is projecting widespread power outages.
Cannon says the greatest ice accumulations will be in southern interior Maine, from Sanford through Lewiston to Waterville.
It’s not all bad news. Cannon says it won’t be as bad as the infamous ice storm of 1998 and that ski areas will get a foot of much-needed snow.