December 14, 2018
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50 cars slide off the road in early season snowfall

Nam Y. Huh | AP
Nam Y. Huh | AP
Snowflakes stick to a car window

Nearly 50 vehicles slipped off the road across much of coastal Maine and in Greater Bangor during some of the first snow of the season, according to Maine State Police.

Some of the most common troubles spots included Routes 17 and 32 in Lincoln and Knox counties, Route 9 in Hancock and Washington counties and along Interstate 95 between Etna and the Old Town area, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland wrote in an email.

Most cars slipped off the road because drivers were going too fast for the conditions, he said. As of 9:30 a.m., no severe injuries were reported. In most cases, vehicles sustained minor damage.

Maine Forest Rangers reported on their Twitter feed that they were assisting the Maine State Police with several motor vehicle crashes, including one on Route 9 in Devereaux Township east of Beddington, where the car left the road and rolled over.

Another car rolled over and took down utility lines and wires on Route 2 in Milford, the town’s fire department reported.

Snow in northern and eastern Maine will continue through Wednesday morning, but no significant accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Joseph Cyr | BDN
Joseph Cyr | BDN
Snow has started to accumulate at about 9 a.m. Wednesday in Houlton, where the National Weather Service is forecasting about 3 inches will fall through the end of the day.

The heaviest snow was along I-95 south of Presque Isle and east to Danforth, west to Millinocket and south to Holden, a weather service forecaster said.

Snow is expected to taper off and become rain Wednesday afternoon with temperatures ranging from the low 30s in the north to the high 30s in Greater Bangor.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be dry, but temperatures will be lower than normal for late October.

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