December 15, 2018
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Storm creates hazardous driving conditions, leaves thousand without power

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Commuter traffic streams past a car in a ditch on Route 22 in Scarborough Tuesday morning.

A storm that battered the Midwest with heavy snow on Monday delivered a fresh blast of heavy, wet to much of inland Maine, creating hazardous driving conditions and leaving thousands without power.

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The National Weather Service has placed Aroostook, Piscataquis, northern Penobscot and Somerset, Franklin and Oxford counties under a winter storm warning. The heaviest snow accumulation will be concentrated in central and northern Maine, with 10 inches forecast for much of the region. Higher amounts are predicted for Greenville and central Piscataquis County, where 13 inches may fall by nightfall.

Further south, the weather service has placed southern Penobscot and northern Hancock and Washington counties under a winter weather advisory, and snowfall accumulations are anticipated to be much lower.

Greater Bangor can expect up to 4 inches of snow through the end of the day. In Lincoln, forecasters expect 5 inches to fall, and in northern Washington County, residents can expect to find up to 4 inches of fresh snow by the end of the day.

For the coast from Portland to Eastport, rain is expected to prevail for much of the day, and it may be heavy at times before turning to a light drizzle, according to CBS affiliate WGME.

Heavy winds will also move in with the storm, and gusts could reach up to 40 mph along the coast and inland as far as Bangor, according to WGME. Those winds could lead to scattered power outages.

As of 12:15 p.m., Central Maine Power reported more than 34.600 outages scattered throughout its service area, with the bulk of them concentrated in Cumberland and Oxford counties.

“Since early this morning our crews have been addressing outages caused by heavy, wet snow and we will be focusing on restoration all day,” Kevin Elwell, CMP’s director of electric operations, said in a statement just after 12:30 p.m. “We have secured additional contract crews and tree crews to assist with the restoration effort and will continue to move resources to restore power as the storm moves later today.”

In Emera Maine’s service area, the storm has caused more than 500 outages, with the bulk of them in Brooklin and Hancock County.

The snow and rain will ease Tuesday night, and temperatures are forecast to remain at or above freezing in Greater Bangor.

Temperatures going into Wednesday and Thursday will hover in the mid-30s to low 40s, and clouds will predominate until the weekend.

 


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