Snow blankets the region Jan. 4. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A storm that lashed parts of New England with heavy rain, snow and wind caused sporadic power outages on Saturday.

More than 15,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Vermont, the hardest-hit state in the region, but power outages also were reported across the region, officials said.

“The snow is wet, heavy and slippery which makes travel and restoration conditions tough,” said Mike Burke, chief of field operations at Green Mountain Power in Vermont.

A foot or more of snow was possible across the higher elevations of northern New England, and wind gusts as high as 50 mph to 60 mph were expected along the Maine coast, said Michael Clair from the National Weather Service in Maine.

Locations that didn’t get snow could see 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, Clair said.