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Live blog: Maine remains in grip of winter storm as snow continues to pile up

Spring may be around the corner, but winter isn’t done with us yet. The third nor’easter in two weeks has left as much as 20 inches across much of Maine. The National Weather Service says that snow will continue to accumulate today, with as much as another 3 to 5 inches falling in Greater Bangor before it’s all over.

Stay with the Bangor Daily News as the storm progresses. We’ll bring you the latest updates from across the state to keep you informed.


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March 14, 20185:02 pm


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March 14, 20183:27 pm


Troy R. Bennett
March 14, 20182:47 pm

A ring billed gull takes off from a snowbank along Back Cove in Portland on Wednesday. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


Christopher Burns
March 14, 201812:09 pm

The city of Bangor says City Hall opened for business at noon, and the public transit system is scheduled to resume operations at 12:15 p.m.


Troy R. Bennett
March 14, 201811:57 am

A man rides a fat tire bike on Baxter Boulevard in Portland on Wednesday morning while a lingering snowstorm kept dropping flakes. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


Troy R. Bennett
March 14, 201811:33 am

Dustin Kelley drives a bulldozer atop a three-story Gorham Sand and Gravel snow dump on Commercial Street in Portland on Wednesday. Steve Stuart, in the company office, estimated the pile at something like 100,000 square yards of snow. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


Christopher Burns
March 14, 201811:32 am

Heavy snowfall has left more than 14,000 Emera Maine customers without power Wednesday, according to Emera Maine.

The utility reports that thousands are without power across Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties. The heaviest outages are concentrated Down East.

“Crews have been evaluating damage and making repairs as it is safe to do so. This work will enable the Emera Maine team to update estimated restoration times later Wednesday,” a spokeswoman said before noon.

For updated information about estimated restoration times, please check Emera’s live outage and restoration map.


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March 14, 201811:08 am


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March 14, 201810:35 am

Maine State Police have shut down Route 26 in Bryant Pond, apparently for downed powerlines.

#TRAFFICALERT Rt 26 in Bryant Pond is shut down.

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March 14, 201810:33 am


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March 14, 201810:10 am


Christopher Burns
March 14, 20189:39 am

Yesterday’s snowfall could be close to record-breaking in Bangor, according to the National Weather Service.

The 18.6 inches that fell over Bangor is currently the third most to fall in March, behind March 14, 1984, and March 13, 1959. But with more snow on the way, the weather service thinks there’s a good chance the latest storm will move into second place.


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March 14, 20189:34 am

Latest outage numbers:

CMP has 7,500 customers out, including 2,200 in Cumberland County, 1,000 in Oxford County and 1,600 in Penobscot County.

Emera has 12,800 customers without power. Most of them are spread out along coastal Hancock and Washington counties. More than 1,700 Emera customers are out in the Dennysville-Lubec area, while more than 1,600 lack power in and around Bradley, Holden and Mariaville.


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March 14, 20189:33 am


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March 14, 20188:51 am


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March 14, 20188:47 am

22 hours after it started, snow is still coming down in Ellsworth. (Click to play live video from the cupola webcam at City Hall)


Seth Koenig
March 14, 20188:41 am

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts…


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March 14, 20188:40 am


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March 14, 20188:20 am

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says that heavy snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday could force this week’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to be rerouted.


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March 14, 20188:19 am


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March 14, 20187:50 am

A car collided with a state plow truck Tuesday while traveling southbound on Interstate 95, near Pittsfield, according to the Maine State Police.

No injuries were reported, but with more snow falling today, the state police is urging drivers to stay off the roads, if possible.


Christopher Burns
March 14, 20187:42 am

“Ever-resourceful Mainers will even sometimes invent swearwords on the spot.”


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March 14, 20187:41 am

CBS affiliate WGME reports Sanford saw 24 inches of snow Tuesday, with heavy snowfall throughout York County.


Christopher Burns
March 14, 20187:39 am

Snow is still coming down steadily, as this video from Route 302 in Casco shows.


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March 14, 20187:30 am

A note for drivers:


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March 14, 20187:22 am


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March 14, 20187:06 am

Portland public school students will observe on Thursday a 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence, according to Tess Nacelewicz, communications coordinator for Portland Public Schools.

Students across the nation will walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest gun violence in the wake of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and staff dead. The 17 minutes serves as a memorial for each of the dead.

The Portland school system canceled classes for Wednesday after a nor’easter, the third to hit Maine in two weeks, left as much as 20 inches of snow across much of the state.


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March 14, 20186:55 am


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March 14, 20186:35 am

A message from Michael Dowd, director of print operations for the BDN: “Delivery of Wednesday’s newspaper has been delayed in some areas because of the storm. Our carriers are working to safely deliver papers as road conditions allow. We appreciate your patience and understanding.”


Christopher Burns
March 14, 20186:31 am

There is about 26 inches of snow total in Bangor right now, the most since early January, according to the National Weather Service.


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March 14, 20186:30 am


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March 14, 20186:30 am

Bangor schools will remain closed today due to the storm, according to Superintendent Betsy Webb.


Christopher Burns
March 14, 20186:28 am

While the brunt of the storm has since passed over much of Maine, the immediate coast remains under a winter weather advisory.


Snow will continue to fall throughout the morning, adding to the already heavy accumulation.


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March 13, 20188:04 pm


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March 13, 20187:47 pm


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March 13, 20186:43 pm


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March 13, 20185:25 pm


Troy R. Bennett
March 13, 20185:18 pm

This latest nor-easter, coming so close on the heels of the last one, and so late in the season, might be getting you down but don’t let it. There’s plenty of things going on right now Mainers can be happy about. Here’s a few of them.


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March 13, 20184:58 pm

A loader pushes snow around in Portland on Tuesday. The city pulled its trash trucks off the streets and put city buses away for the day. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


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March 13, 20184:55 pm


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March 13, 20184:40 pm


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March 13, 20184:39 pm


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March 13, 20184:11 pm

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March 13, 20183:58 pm


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March 13, 20183:58 pm

#maine #snowstorm #ug #noreaster2018 #mothernaturesucks

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March 13, 20183:56 pm

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March 13, 20183:53 pm

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March 13, 20183:40 pm


Troy R. Bennett
March 13, 20183:01 pm

Snow falls in downtown Portland on Tuesday. It’s expected to keep falling until sometime on Wednesday. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


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March 13, 20182:57 pm


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March 13, 20182:55 pm


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March 13, 20182:52 pm


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March 13, 20182:44 pm


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March 13, 20182:42 pm


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March 13, 20182:42 pm


Robert Long
March 13, 20182:41 pm

Not in Maine, but this is drastic:


Bill Trotter
March 13, 20182:39 pm

A U.S. Postal Service delivery man walks through falling snow Tuesday as he crosses Main Street in downtown Ellsworth. Much of Maine is expected to get between 18 and 24 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, along with stiff winds along the coast, as the third nor’easter in less than two weeks hits New England. (Bill Trotter|BDN)


Troy R. Bennett
March 13, 20182:30 pm

A woman trudges through Lobsterman Park in Portland on Tuesday. Forecasters expect the state to get 12-18 inches of new snow. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


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March 13, 20182:26 pm


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March 13, 20182:19 pm


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March 13, 20182:07 pm


Christopher Burns
March 13, 20182:06 pm

Storm is taking its toll on the midcoast.


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March 13, 20182:04 pm


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March 13, 20181:57 pm


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March 13, 20181:56 pm


Seth Koenig
March 13, 20181:54 pm

Blizzard. #blizzard #portland #maine #snow #storm #i #am #tired #of #winter

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March 13, 20181:53 pm


Christopher Burns
March 13, 20181:52 pm

For context:


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March 13, 20181:46 pm

It has begun. People are stocking up on the essentials.


Christopher Burns
March 13, 20181:44 pm

There’s a mess on the I-90 in Massachusetts after two tractor-trailers apparently skidded.


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March 13, 20181:39 pm


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March 13, 20181:38 pm


Seth Koenig
March 13, 20181:37 pm

Winter’s breath. #winter#snow#wanderlust#travel#adventure#maine

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Christopher Burns
March 13, 20181:37 pm

Snow cows


Christopher Burns
March 13, 20181:36 pm

Also a good call, and lucky them.


Christopher Burns
March 13, 20181:35 pm

Not a bad call to stay off the road today, Bangor.


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March 13, 20181:31 pm


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March 13, 20181:30 pm

Spring Break 2018 @emmarita #noreaster #stillwinter#maine

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March 13, 20181:24 pm


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March 13, 20181:24 pm


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March 13, 20181:23 pm

Snow is steadily picking up in downtown Bangor.


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March 13, 20181:22 pm


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March 13, 20181:18 pm

We're gonna be in school til July. #worthit

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Darren Fishell
March 13, 201812:44 pm

A cat peers out a window in Portland’s West End on Tuesday during the latest snow storm. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


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March 13, 201812:44 pm


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March 13, 201812:42 pm

Snow is already piling up down in Massachusetts. Won’t be much longer up here.


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March 13, 201812:41 pm


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March 13, 201812:38 pm

Wind is picking up along the coast.


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March 13, 201812:33 pm


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March 13, 201811:49 am

The BDN’s Callie Ferguson reports: The snowfall will be constant, although it will clobber Maine hardest on Tuesday afternoon. In the hours before nightfall, snow could fall as fast as 2 inches per hour, said Vic Nouhan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou.

“That’s when the dangerous snow rates will be,” he said, around when people are usually driving home from work.

[Read more: More than a foot of snow, wind to create hazardous conditions for afternoon commute]


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March 13, 201811:48 am


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March 13, 201811:46 am

Conditions are looking dicey along the Maine-New Hampshire border.


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March 13, 201811:42 am

All state offices will be closing at 12:30 p.m. because of inclement weather, according to the governor’s office.

“I urge all of you to drive safely as you commute to your destination,” Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement. “Stopping on snow or ice without skidding requires extra time and distance. Drive slowly so you can adjust to changing road conditions. Please remember to keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and give plow trucks plenty of room to operate.”


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March 13, 201811:42 am


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March 13, 201811:41 am

The storm is picking up in intensity in southern Maine and is making its way north. Check our closings page for the latest cancellations and delays.

Closings, cancellations and delays


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March 13, 201811:35 am


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March 13, 201811:33 am

Significant snowfall is moving into Greater Portland and the southern coast, according to CBS affiliate WGME. The band of snow could produce precipitation of 1 to 3 inches an hour.


The National Weather Service told the BDN earlier this morning that further north along the coast and inland could see up to 2 inches an hour as night falls.
[Read more: More than a foot of snow, wind to create hazardous conditions for afternoon commute]


Troy R. Bennett
March 13, 201811:30 am

A Herring gull stands facing the sea by Bug Light in South Portland as the latest winter storm rolls ashore on Tuesday morning. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:29 am

A parking ban is in effect for the city of Bangor. Drivers take notice.


Seth Koenig
March 13, 201811:28 am


Bill Trotter
March 13, 201811:28 am

The latest nor’easter has arrived quietly in Ellsworth. Temperature is 31 degrees F and wind speeds are 5+ mph (click to start live video).


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:28 am

The city of Portland’s public transit system has suspended operations after 10 a.m.


Seth Koenig
March 13, 201811:27 am

#winter #maine #noreaster #snow

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Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:27 am

All departures out of Portland International Jetport have been canceled today because of the nor’easter. 


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:25 am

Down in Massachusetts, the storm has been upgraded to a blizzard, according to the weather service.


Take notice if you must be on the road this afternoon or evening.


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March 13, 201811:24 am


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:24 am

A message from Central Maine Power Co. in the event of a power outage.


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:23 am

The immediate coast is under a blizzard warning today as the nor’easter brings heavy snow and high winds, making a whiteout a strong possibility.

Much of the rest of the state remains under a winter storm warning for now.

Snow has been falling since at least 8 a.m. in southern York County, and snow is expected to start flying around Greater Bangor about 11 a.m., according to the weather service.


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March 13, 201811:22 am


Christopher Burns
March 13, 201811:20 am

Snow is falling in Portland and visibility is already reduced along Congress Street.


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March 13, 201811:19 am

Due to the snowstorm, Bangor schools will be dismissed early today, according to Superintendent Betsy Webb.


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