BANGOR, Maine — Mainers once again found themselves digging out over the weekend after the state was hit by a second major snowstorm in three days.
They now should prepare to be plunged into a deep freeze.
The current storm, which began Saturday and was winding down Sunday, dumped as much as 20 inches of snow in parts of Hancock and Washington counties and half a foot in parts of Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties.
Piscataquis County also saw some storm action, with about 5 inches reported in Dover-Foxcroft.
Traveling conditions were exacerbated by high winds that resulted in blowing, drifting and near whiteout conditions in some areas.
At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Bangor Hydro announced that more than 1,000 customers were without power in Washington, Penobscot and Hancock counties due to strong winds and heavy snow. By 10:15 p.m., the company reported that power had been restored to all but two Hancock County customers.
Although the storm had largely wound down by Sunday afternoon, Maine residents were bracing for some extremely cold temperatures. The National Weather Service’s Caribou office announced a wind chill advisory effective from midnight through about 9 a.m. Monday.
Weather forecasts called for wind chill readings as low as 22 below zero in northeast Maine — and as low as 26 below in northwestern Aroostook, northern Somerset and northern and central Piscataquis counties.
The fast-moving weekend snowstorm came on the heels of a similar storm that began Thursday and left as much as a foot and a half of snow behind.
On Saturday and Sunday, police responded to numerous fender benders as vehicles slid off the road and, in some cases, into each other. As of early Sunday afternoon, there were no reports of accidents resulting in life-threatening injuries or fatalities.
The snowstorm prompted the cancellation Sunday of numerous planned activities — ranging from church services and bingo to classes and soup kitchen activities — as well as the closure of some businesses.
In addition, the city of Bangor imposed a parking ban for the downtown parking management district, effective from 11 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday.
Vehicles left on the streets during the ban will be towed at the owner’s expense. Residents may park under the Pickering Square Parking Garage or Columbia Street Parking Deck while the ban is in effect.