Winter is getting in at least one more hit. After several days of moderate and above average temperatures, a hard-hitting storm is blanketing the state in a fresh coat of snow. As the storm develops, follow our live storm blog as our reporters and media partners bring you the latest updates from across the state.
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention has good advice for how to clear snow from front walks, sidewalks, etc.
Relatively heavy bands of snow in western Maine and parts of eastern Maine still are showing up on radar. https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/Loop/northeast_loop.gif
A dog pees on a tree while a human trudges through the falling snow behind it in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park on Thursday morning. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)
The Kenduskeag considers refreezing but doesn’t. BDN photo by Callie Ferguson.
Do you know how much a shovelful of wet snow weighs? We do. Click here to learn the answer.
View the plows at work in downtown Ellsworth as the snow flies over the roof of City Hall:
Outages in Hancock and Washington counties have climbed to nearly 2,400, Emera Maine reports.
Here are the latest snowfall totals from across the state. The city of Sanford’s currently in the lead, with 18.5 inches.
A spate of outages are being reported across York County this morning.
Central Maine Power is reporting the following outages numbers in our towns: Arundel – 947, Kennebunk – 363, Kennebunkport – 213, Ogunquit – 994, Sanford – 43, Wells – 598
— YorkCountyCoastStar (@YorkCountyCoast) March 8, 2018
Interstate 95 in New Hampshire has reopened, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority.
CANCELLED: I95 in New Hampshire is reopened. https://t.co/O5CJjg4oXT
— Maine Turnpike (@MaineTurnpike) March 8, 2018
Earlier this morning, the storm brought down electrical wires over I-95 in Portsmouth, according to ABC affiliate WMTW.
Just when you think it’s over. The National Weather Service reports that another storm will hit Maine Friday night into Saturday, but the bulk of the snowfall will be concentrated in northern Maine, where more than 4 inches is expected.
Bangor could see less than 1 inch from the storm’s southernmost fringe.
Another snowstorm expected Friday night into Saturday, mainly Northern Maine. Here's a preliminary look at forecast accumulations for that storm. Our eyes are also on a potential storm around Tuesday. #mewx pic.twitter.com/IY9p6jDbnc
— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) March 8, 2018
Essential Maine snowstorm theme song: “This is Maine, it’s going to snow.”
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Another snow photo from Harrison by BDN business writer Lori Valigra.
BDN business writer Lori Valigra took this shot in the woods in Harrison.
Make the most of your snow day!
Tired of plows filling your freshly shoveled driveway with snow? Well, here’s a tip to help you avoid reshoveling your driveway after the plow goes by.
#heybangor With significant snowfall imminent, this info is rather timely – Maine DOT shared tips on how to prevent the 'second shovel' after a plow passes your driveway. @MaineDOT1 pic.twitter.com/ivgEvpwOw2
— City of Bangor, Maine (@CityofBangorME) March 7, 2018
Jasper loves the snow, and we love Jasper.
Emera Maine is reporting widespread power outages this morning as a result of the nor’easter. About 1,900 customers in Hancock and Washington counties are without power, the utility reported this morning.
Emera Maine says it will work to restore service as soon as possible, but difficult travel conditions may slow crews’ response.
Be cautious if you must hit the road today. Whiteout conditions are being reported along the interstate corridor.
— James Sinko (@JamesSinko) March 8, 2018
Due to the storm, all state offices are closed today, according to the governor’s office.
“Travel conditions are expected to remain treacherous throughout the day,” Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement. “I encourage Mainers to stay off the roads and avoid traveling unless it is an absolute emergency. Avoiding unnecessary travel will keep accidents to a minimum and allow state and municipal road crews to safely go about their work.”