GRAY, Maine — Just when you thought the madness of winter was over, another big storm is bearing down on the East Coast.
Weather alerts remained in effect for much of the state Tuesday in advance of a storm expected to move in Wednesday afternoon and last well into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
In northern Maine, forecasters are predicting nearly 2 feet of snow to fall, with 18-24 inches in northern Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties.
The Bangor area is expected to get up to 10 inches of powder, while Down East communities could see up to 6 inches.
In addition, western Maine could receive between 14 and 18 inches of snow, while accumulation is expected to be less in York County, as more rain is expected in far southern Maine.
Mixed precipitation is possible as well. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, nearly the entire state was under a winter storm warning, effective 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The alerts were expected to remain in effect through Thursday afternoon.
Central Maine Power crews spent Tuesday preparing for the worst, according to company officials.
Utility trucks were being fueled and equipped, spokeswoman Gail Rice said.
“We’ve put our storm response plan into motion and we’re watching the forecast carefully,” she said.
CMP customers who lose power should call the toll-free outage hotline at 800-696-1000.