The remnants of the second storm to dump snow and freezing precipitation on much of Maine this week faded Wednesday afternoon, but wind and cold temperatures are expected to persist over the next few days.
A light layer of freezing rain sprinkled most of the state overnight on Tuesday, and slick conditions were expected to continue as temperatures dropped Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“Rapidly falling temperatures this afternoon will result in any water and slush freezing into ice,” the NWS office in Caribou indicated in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “Slippery road surfaces are likely as temperatures fall.”
In much of Maine, temperatures were expected to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday night and to stay below 30 during the day on Thursday and Friday. Single digit temperatures were projected for many areas Thursday night, with possible sub-zero wind-chill factors.
The NWS office in Gray warned of gusty winds that would bring “bitterly cold temperatures” to inland areas overnight.
Snowfall map for our most recent storm. pic.twitter.com/4kosuMRHXg
— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) December 13, 2017
The weather service issued a gale warning for coastal waters through the pre-dawn hours on Thursday, with predicted winds gusts of around 45 mph and wave heights up 13 feet. It also issued a storm warning further offshore, where winds on Wednesday through Thursday were expected to blow more than 50 mph and to kick up wave heights up to twice as high.
The storm, which blew into Maine Tuesday morning, also downed power lines and resulted in school closures. Just over 3,500 power company customers were in the dark early Wednesday morning, but by late Wednesday afternoon the number had been reduced to a few hundred statewide.
The storm dropped snow throughout the state. In western Maine, higher elevations received much of the snowfall, with most areas of northern Oxford and Franklin counties getting more than 8 inches and some places more than a foot. In eastern and northern Maine, snow depths ranged from an inch or two along the coast to a foot in Madawaska.
BDN reporter Callie Ferguson contributed to this report.
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