A winter storm that moved into Maine overnight has left at least half a foot or more snow over much of the state
The National Weather Service has placed most of the state under a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 6 p.m.
As of 7 a.m., the storm has dumped 7 inches of new snow over Bangor, with similar totals reported in other communities in Greater Bangor, according to the weather service office in Caribou.
The highest accumulation in the region was reported in Ellsworth, where 9.5 inches of snow fell overnight.
Elsewhere, the storm left 7 inches in Dover-Foxcroft, 8 inches in East Millinocket, 8 inches in Prospect Harbor, 7.4 inches in East Surry, 7.2 inches in Eastport and 9.5 inches in Jonesport, according to the weather service.
Up in The County, the storm has so far deposited 5.5 inches in Caribou, 6 inches in Presque Isle, 8.5 inches in New Limerick and about 3 inches in Fort Kent, according to the weather service. Snow will continue to fall in the north into Wednesday afternoon.
The heaviest snowfall has been reported in the western mountains, where Farmington received 10.5 inches and Rangeley saw 10 inches of fresh snowpack, according to the weather service office in Gray.
Along the midcoast, the snowfall was lighter, with 6.5 inches in Rockland, 6.7 inches in Camden and 5.5 inches in Boothbay.
Elsewhere, the storm dropped 7.1 inches on Portland, 8.8 inches in Lewiston, 9 inches in Auburn, 9 inches in Falmouth, 8.4 inches in Gray, 6.5 inches in Augusta and 7 inches in Buxton, according to the weather service.
The mix of snow and freezing rain contributed to a handful of crashes late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
At this hour the speed limit remains reduced to 45 MPH from the NH state line to Exit 109 in Augusta. Our crews have been out all night treating/plowing the road. Please travel with caution and adjust your speed for conditions. Overlimits prohibited.
— Maine Turnpike (@MaineTurnpike) February 13, 2019
Two cars crashed about 6:43 a.m. northbound on the Maine Turnpike between Exit 32 in Biddeford and Exit 36 in Saco, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority. Another crash was reported about 7:12 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the turnpike in Portland. In Wells, a car crashed about 7:29 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the turnpike between Exit 25 and Exit 19. All those crashes were cleared by 8:18 a.m.
The speed limit all along the turnpike from the New Hampshire border to Augusta has been reduced to 45 mph.
Falmouth police also reported a minor crash on Gray Road Tuesday night.
The storm also prompted a number of business and school cancellations across the state.