A fresh round of snow made for a slick commute Tuesday morning, resulting in at least one crash on the Maine Turnpike.
A single vehicle crashed about 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lane of the Maine Turnpike, near mile 29 between the Biddeford and Kennebunk exits, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority. The vehicle partially obstructed the left lane, causing a brief closure, and the crash was cleared by 8:30 a.m., the authority said in a morning alert.
The storm also caused a number of delays and early dismissals for schools across the state.
Most of the state was placed under a winter weather advisory Tuesday morning, with a winter storm watch in effect for parts of northern Maine and a hazardous weather outlook for Down East Maine.
The snow system Tuesday was expected to drop several inches of fresh snow throughout the state before turning into rain, particularly along the coast. It will be followed by a second round of snow expected to last into late Wednesday.
Seems appropriate to outline this one through Tuesday night and through Wednesday night. Here's an estimate on how much to expect. pic.twitter.com/LowrM7aSax
— Charlie Lopresti (@CharlieWGME) January 7, 2019
For Greater Bangor, about 5 inches of fresh snow is expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.
To the north, the weather service forecasts that northern Penobscot and Piscataquis and Aroostook counties will see as much as a foot of new snow, from 11 inches in Greenville to 13 inches in Caribou.
Down East will be spared much of the accumulation, with only 1 to 2 inches expected along the immediate coast and up to 6 inches inland toward Calais, according to the weather service.
Fairly prolonged two-part snow event expected today through Wednesday night. Powerful coastal storm develops late tonight with widespread 6-10 inches expected north of Katahdin for a 2-day total between 10-12 inches across the north. #mewx pic.twitter.com/lBWqrGTQxt
— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) January 8, 2019
Southern Maine will be spared the brunt of the two-part snow storm. The weather service office in Gray forecasts only a dusting in coastal York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties inland toward Augusta and Waterville. Instead, freezing rain is expected along the coast, according to CBS affiliate WGME.
As snow ends from west to east this morning, another system will arrive tonight, bringing accumulating snow, especially to northern areas into Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/R2mqIPLWKG
— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) January 8, 2019
Further inland in Somerset and Franklin counties, residents can expect between 6 and 8 inches of fresh snow to fall.