State sees new round of snow, sleet, wind

Posted March 01, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.

An early March storm was expected to bring heavy snow and whipping winds to Maine overnight Sunday.

The National Weather Service said Sunday the storm was expected to spread over the region late Sunday and continue through Monday.

From Bangor to Houlton and east to the coast, forecasters were expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow, followed by a layer of sleet and freezing rain with blustery winds.

In northern Aroostook County, snowfall could reach 7 inches, with sleet possible as well. More than a foot was expected in parts of southern Maine.

The storm was forecast to create hazardous travel conditions, school cancellations and power outages.

Snow showers may continue into Tuesday, with overnight temperatures dropping to zero in the Bangor area and 5 to 10 below farther north.

A high-pressure system moving into the state late in the week is expected to bring sun-shine and more moderate temperatures.

Bangor Daily News writer Meg Haskell and The Associated Press contributed to this report.