Storm expected to hit Portland region hardest in Maine

Posted March 01, 2012, at 6:27 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The National Weather Service says the Portland region will see a blustery day, with heavy snow at times, and accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. The storm arrives Thursday after an unusually mild winter for the entire Northeast.

For Bangor, the weather service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation Thursday during the day, with perhaps another 2 to 4 inches tonight. Aroostook County is not expected to receive any snow until possibly Thursday evening but much lower temperatures, as low as  -11 counting the wind chill.  The County was hit last week with nearly 20 inches of snow.  The service predicts 1 to 2 inches of snow during the day for Down East, with another 2 to 4 inches possible for Thursday night.

For today’s storm, schools have been closed throughout the state, as have state offices in York and Cumberland counties.

The storm is expected to drop more snow on the region just south of Maine, according to The Associated Press, with western and parts of central Massachusetts seeing 8 to 14 inches of snow Thursday. Lighter amounts between 4 and 6 inches are expected south of Boston, with an inch or 2 in southeastern Massachusetts

As always, weather service officials point out that safe driving in the snow requires drivers to leave extra space between cars and to be more cautious than usual at intersections.

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