Snowstorm dumps more than a foot of fresh powder in Maine; freezing temperatures expected

Greg Hamilton, a delivery driver with Dead River Co., struggles through a waist-high snow bank after filling the oil tank at a Brewer home Monday morning.
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Greg Hamilton, a delivery driver with Dead River Co., struggles through a waist-high snow bank after filling the oil tank at a Brewer home Monday morning. Buy Photo
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.

GRAY, Maine — Another winter storm brought more than a foot of fresh snow to Maine.

The National Weather Service reported Monday morning that Bethel saw the most snowfall, checking in at 14 inches, according to forecaster Margaret Curtis.

Coastal communities saw mainly rain, Curtis said, with Portland getting only 2 inches of fresh snow.

Bangor and Corinna each saw approximately 12 inches of snow, along with Livermore Falls, Wilton and Chesterville, Curtis said.

Mount Vernon had 11½ inches of snow, while Newport and Winslow saw 10 inches.

While no snowstorms appear imminent for the remainder of the week, bone-chilling temperatures are expected to move in to close out 2013.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for northern Penobscot, southeast Aroostook and central Piscataquis counties from 10 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Wind chills could dip as low as 30 degrees below zero and blowing snow could hamper travel, according to the weather service. Any snow not moved Monday is likely to freeze.

Repair crews made some significant progress toward restoring power to the thousands of Bangor Hydro and Central Maine Power customers who lost service last Monday because of an ice storm that moved through the area just before Christmas.

Bangor Hydro’s website showed that as of about 8:30 p.m. Monday power had been restored to all but 386 customers. Meanwhile, only 672 CMP customers were out.

Bangor police are also reminding the public of the city’s odd-even parking ban that is in effect through March 31.

Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said public works crews are working to remove snow and will continue to do so through the night.

No street parking is allowed in residential areas between midnight and 6 a.m., and there will be a downtown parking ban from 11 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday as crews continue to clean the snow up, Rumsey said.

Vehicles will be allowed to park in the first level of the Pickering Square and Columbia Street parking garages during the ban, provided they are moved by 8 a.m.

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