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State remains in deep freeze, snow to south keeping flights grounded

Kevin Bennett/Bangor Daily News | REUTERS
Kevin Bennett/Bangor Daily News | REUTERS
Snow removal equipment clears snow from the tarmac at Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine December 22, 2013.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

GRAY, Maine — While bitterly cold temperatures kept wind chill warnings in effect Tuesday morning, snow to the south is hampering flights at the state’s two major airports.

Wind chill advisories issued by the National Weather Service were expected to be lifted by 9 a.m., as temperatures throughout the state were way below zero overnight Monday into Tuesday.

High temperatures throughout Maine were expected to barely climb out of the single numbers on Tuesday.

A storm was expected to dump nearly a foot of snow on the mid-atlantic states and southern New England before the end of the day Tuesday, keeping flights out of Bangor and Portland airports grounded.

Bangor International Airport reported four flights, two departures to Philadelphia, one to New York and one to Washington, D.C., have all been canceled, while inclement weather in New York and Philadelphia has grounded three inbound flights.

Six of Portland International Jetport’s daily departures have been canceled, while nine inbound flights are grounded.

The snow was expected to move into southern parts of Maine late Tuesday and into Wednesday, prompting the weather service to issue a winter weather advisory for far southern and coastal communities.

Three to five inches of snow are expected.

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