Winter storm moves into Maine

Posted Jan. 28, 2009, at 9:33 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials made the decision to close dozens of schools in Maine before the first snowflake fell Wednesday as the National Weather Service predicted heavy snow with as much as two feet of accumulation in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning. Some communities have already announced parking bans, and plow crews and utility line workers are prepared for a long day.

Some inland areas of Maine will see up to two feet of snow before the storm ends, and forecasters warn that heavy snowfall will make travel dangerous. Motorists who must be on the road are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency.

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