Thousands temporarily without power in Maine as some communities see nearly 2 feet of snow

Jim Bishop shovels his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after Thursdays' snow storm subsides.
Jim Bishop shovels his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after Thursdays' snow storm subsides. Buy Photo
Posted March 13, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
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Betty Clement shovels her drive on 14th Street in Bangor as her dog Blitzen, left, barks and bites at the snow she clears. Dasher, her other pet, watches after Thursdays' snow storm ended.
Betty Clement shovels her drive on 14th Street in Bangor as her dog Blitzen, left, barks and bites at the snow she clears. Dasher, her other pet, watches after Thursdays' snow storm ended. Buy Photo
Jeff Farley snow blows his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after Thursdays' snow storm subsides.
Jeff Farley snow blows his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after Thursdays' snow storm subsides. Buy Photo
Bangor residents cleared off their cars and removed several inches of snow from their driveways after a late winter storm brought 11 inches of snow to the area by Thursday morning.
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Bangor residents cleared off their cars and removed several inches of snow from their driveways after a late winter storm brought 11 inches of snow to the area by Thursday morning. Buy Photo
Raul Luna sleds down a hill at Hayford Park on Thursday morning with his daughter Gaisa, 8. A late winter storm brought as much as 16 inches of snow to parts of Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
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Raul Luna sleds down a hill at Hayford Park on Thursday morning with his daughter Gaisa, 8. A late winter storm brought as much as 16 inches of snow to parts of Maine, according to the National Weather Service. Buy Photo
A late winter storm that started Wednesday brought about 11 inches to Bangor by Thursday morning, and more than a foot in some parts of the state.
A late winter storm that started Wednesday brought about 11 inches to Bangor by Thursday morning, and more than a foot in some parts of the state. Buy Photo
Nathan Dusablon rakes the snow off his roof at his home on Hammond Street in Bangor. Dusablon, who started removing snow around his home at 6 a.m., said, " I'm going to give in and buy a snowblower when they go on sale." A late winter storm brought 11 inches of snow to Bangor by Thursday morning.
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Nathan Dusablon rakes the snow off his roof at his home on Hammond Street in Bangor. Dusablon, who started removing snow around his home at 6 a.m., said, " I'm going to give in and buy a snowblower when they go on sale." A late winter storm brought 11 inches of snow to Bangor by Thursday morning. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Most of Maine woke up Thursday to cars and driveways buried in snow, which continued to fall throughout the day.

As of 8 a.m., Sherman and Eustis had seen the most snowfall at 16 inches, according to the National Weather Service, and forecasters expected totals to climb slowly as snow continued to fall.

“It’s going to continue snowing most of the day,” Paul Fitzsimmons, a forecaster at the weather service’s Caribou office, said Thursday morning. Snowfall was expected to taper off Thursday afternoon into evening.

As of 7 p.m., the storm had dumped roughly 20 inches of snow in Dyer Brook, Dexter, Lincoln, Presque Isle, Exeter, Millinocket Dover-Foxcroft, Topsfield, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley, Dixfield, The Forks and Moscow, according to weather service public information statements issued by the Caribou and Gray offices.

Much of the Down East, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties were spared the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals ranging from less than an inch to a foot or less.

The heavy, wet snow left thousands of Emera Maine and Central Maine Power customers temporarily without electricity.

According to Emera Maine’s website, more than 3,400 customers were without power as of 12:30 p.m., while CMP reported more than 3,500 customers were without electricity.

Both utilities made steady progress progress toward restoring service throughout the day. By Thursday evening, fewer than 300 CMP customers were waiting for the lights to go back on and fewer than 90 Emera customers were without electricity.

Despite the weather, Bangor International Airport reported no cancellations of outbound flights, but Portland International Jetport had six canceled flights reported.

Forecasters expected the storm to wind down Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening.

The University of Maine was closed for the day, along with all state offices in Aroostook County.

Bangor police also announced another parking ban in the downtown area from 11 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday.

Residents will be allowed to park vehicles on the first levels of the Pickering Square and Columbia Street garages.

BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this story.

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