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As power slowly returns, another snowstorm is predicted for Sunday

A thick layer of ice coated branches and power lines, continuing to cause power outages in the Ellsworth area Friday.
A thick layer of ice coated branches and power lines, continuing to cause power outages in the Ellsworth area Friday. Buy Photo
Posted Dec. 27, 2013, at 10:29 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 28, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
Susan Shetterly (right) of Surry walks along Cross Road with her grandson and her dog Hopper on Friday afternoon. She said they didn't have power for four days.
Susan Shetterly (right) of Surry walks along Cross Road with her grandson and her dog Hopper on Friday afternoon. She said they didn't have power for four days. Buy Photo
Central Maine Power line worker Matt Beeler reconnects the service cable to a home in Bucksport on Friday afternoon.  Crews continue to work on restoring power after the ice storm.
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Central Maine Power line worker Matt Beeler reconnects the service cable to a home in Bucksport on Friday afternoon. Crews continue to work on restoring power after the ice storm. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Another winter storm is forecast to move into Maine during the second half of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

If the storm remains on track, a significant amount of snowfall can be expected, forecaster Chris Kindle at the weather service’s Gray office said.

The storm is forecast to move into southern parts of the state late Sunday afternoon and last into Monday morning.

Kindle said if the storm remains on track, it has the potential to dump several inches throughout the state, with coastal areas getting hit the hardest.

A pattern of low pressure is expected to move northeast off the coast of Cape Cod, which Kindle said is a favorable spot for heavy snow to fall throughout the state.

The weather service’s Caribou office warned of the potential of 7 or more inches of snow and about a 10th of an inch of ice in Down East and east central Maine.

On Friday afternoon, the weather service issued a winter storm watch for much of Maine.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Waldo, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot counties were listed under the watch, which will take effect Sunday afternoon.

Reports of this storm come in the wake of Sunday’s ice storm and Thursday’s snowstorm, and while thousands of Mainers remain without electricity.

In an update issued shortly after 5 p.m., Central Maine Power said it expected to have electrical service restored to all of its customers by Friday night.

The utility began the day with about 6,000 outages and after working throughout the day, had knocked the total down to about 730 as of 9:30 p.m.

Bangor Hydro Electric also made progress toward restoring power in its service area, spokeswoman Susan Faloon said. With the help of additional crews from Nova Scotia and a dozen additional tree crews, the utility was able to get the total number of outages down to about 4,100 as of 9:30 p.m.

Faloon said the company’s operations team is keeping a close eye on the weekend weather forecast and will keep crews on hand in the event of additional outages and that its customer service center will stay open around the clock until power is restored to all customers.

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