Winter storm expected Monday evening

Posted Dec. 27, 2009, at 8:25 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service is warning of a second major snowstorm in less than a week for northern and central Maine.

Forecasters are calling for about 7 inches of snow, accompanied by gusts close to 40 mph, enough to cause near whiteout conditions. The heaviest snow band will stretch from the western mountains and foothills eastward to Bangor and Millinocket, and on to Houlton in southern Aroostook County.

It follows a snowstorm in the middle of last week that dumped 12 to 20 inches across central and northern Maine.

Meteorologist Ken Wallingford says the latest storm begins Monday and begins wrapping up Tuesday. He says the strong gusts will cause blowing snow Monday night and Tuesday.

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