Down East could see foot of snow

A crow searching for loose bird seed near a bird feeder in Hampden recently leaves its distinctive tracks in the snow.
Brian Swartz
A crow searching for loose bird seed near a bird feeder in Hampden recently leaves its distinctive tracks in the snow.
Posted Dec. 17, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 17, 2013, at 4:16 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — Get ready for more snow.

That was the message the National Weather Service relayed Tuesday as winter storm warnings and advisories were issued before snow hit the state Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

The weather service forecast a low-pressure front would track northeast into the Gulf of Maine on Tuesday.

The storm comes in the wake of last weekend’s snowstorm which dumped more than a foot of snow on much of the state.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for southern Penobscot, interior Hancock and Washington counties, and 8 to 12 inches of snow can be expected in those areas.

In addition to the winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories have been issued for most of the state, with 4 to 8 inches expected in far northern and southern Maine and along the southern coast.

The weather hazards are in effect through 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The cold snap gripping Maine on Tuesday snapped power lines in Milford and Mariaville, leaving several hundred Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers without electricity for a few hours, according to a spokesman for the utility.

Bangor Hydro spokesman Bob Potts said condensation from nearby bodies of water collected and froze on the lines in the frigid air. The weight of the ice caused the breaks.

Potts said the utility has 5,700 miles of line and the two breaks Tuesday were unusual.

“The bodies of water near the lines were warmer than the air, which is what led to the vapor and condensation [that turned to ice],” Potts said.

Temperatures in much of Maine were well below zero Tuesday morning. The broken line in Milford affected 1,319 customers in Penobscot County while the Mariaville break affected 361 customers in Hancock County, according to Potts.

Potts said the broken lines were repaired by midmorning.

“If you see a downed line, don’t go near it. Report it,” Potts said.

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