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Central, northern Maine see most snow in winter storm

Posted Dec. 09, 2013, at 9 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 09, 2013, at 5:22 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — The first major winter storm of the season brought snow, sleet and rain to the state throughout the day Monday.

The storm, which brought icy conditions to southern states over the course of the last week, arrived in Maine on Monday morning, with snow and rain beginning to fall over western counties around 8 a.m., according to the weather service.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for much of the state, with Aroostook, Piscataquis and northern Somerset counties expected to see the most snow.

Total accumulations weren’t immediately available.

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Snow is expected to fall throughout the day with a transition to freezing rain possible over the course of the evening. Snow was falling over southern and western portions of the state at 4 p.m. but precipitation had stopped in eastern and northern counties.

Flights out of Bangor International Airport and the Portland International Jetport were running fairly smoothly throughout the day.

Only one BIA departure, a 11:24 a.m. U.S. Airways flight to Philadelphia, was canceled. Two late-afternoon departures to Philadelphia were delayed, and those flights will take off at 5 and 8:10 p.m., respectively.

Portland reported a handful of delays and one cancellation, a 5:30 p.m. departure to Newark, N.J., by United Airlines.

The Maine Turnpike Authority announced later in the morning speeds on the highway were reduced to 45 mph from Kittery to New Gloucester.

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