A storm battering the East Coast left over a foot of snow in parts of southern Maine Tuesday and will continue into the evening.
A winter storm warning is in effect in Midcoast Maine until 6 p.m., while a winter weather advisory has been issued for coastal Hancock and Washington counties until 8 p.m.
Snow began falling in York County before 5 a.m., leaving a fresh blanket of powder over empty roads. The storm hit the East Coast late Wednesday, bringing freezing rain, ice and heavy snow from Virginia to New England.
The National Weather Service warned that the storm could make morning travel “very difficult to impossible.”
Snowfall was heaviest in southern Maine, with the weather service’s Gray office reporting 25.7 inches in Acton, 17.6 inches in Portland, 22 inches in South Windham, 14.5 inches in Topsham, 19 inches in Sanford and 12.7 inches in Scarborough as of 7 p.m.
Eastern Maine will be spared the brunt of the storm, with only 1 to 2 inches expected over Greater Bangor. Accumulation will be a little heavier toward coastal Hancock and Washington counties, where 4 to 6 inches are forecast for Bar Harbor and Machias and 3 to 4 inches for Eastport, according to the weather service’s Caribou office.
Mainers north of Bangor won’t see much, if any, snow, with no accumulation expected from Lincoln all the way to the St. John Valley.
Here are some of the scenes from the day: