Updated 12:28 p.m.: According to the National Weather Service measurements taken earlier today, Turner led the led the tri-county area with 14 inches of snow. Sanford led the state with 19 inches.
Here are the measurements in inches from Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties:
- Turner: 14
- Auburn: 9.5
- Livermore Falls: 9
- Lewiston: 7.5
- Poland: 7.5
- Lisbon Falls: 7
- Durham: 6.6
- Farmington: 13.8
- Farmington: 13.7
- New Sharon: 12
- Kingfield: 9
- Carrabassett Valley 5.7
- Rangeley: 3
- Eustis: 2.7
- Bryant Pond: 13
- Bethel: 12
- Otisfield: 11
- Hartford: 10.3
- Sumner: 10
- Newry: 6.3
More recent, non-NWS measures show significant accumulation since this morning.
Big time totals in York County. It looks like central Maine will get the most accumulation this afternoon, though. pic.twitter.com/939VIV89lN
— Adam Epstein (@AdamWGME) March 8, 2018
Updated 9:26 a.m.: Central Maine Power reported almost 20,000 customers were without Power in Maine. Locally, that breaks down to:
- Androscoggin County: 54
- Franklin County: 16
- Oxford County: 97
By 2 p.m., power had been restored to all customers in those three counties, according to CMP’s website.
York County had the most outages with more than 15,000 customers affected.
Updated 9:05 a.m.: All state offices closed Thursday.
UPDATE: All State of Maine offices will be closed on Thursday. Travel conditions are expected to remain treacherous throughout the day, I encourage Mainers to stay off the roads and avoid traveling unless it is an absolute emergency. Please stay safe. #mepolitics
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) March 8, 2018
UPDATED 6:07 A.M.: Thousands of people are without power Thursday morning as a nor’easter continues to bear down on the state.
Intense bands of snow are moving through southern and central Maine and winds are gusting to 40 mph in the pre-dawn hours. Many areas of the state could get up to 18 inches by the time the storm winds down late Thursday
Maine state offices will open at 10 a.m. Auburn, Lewiston and dozens of towns and cities have closed schools and municipal offices and postponed trash collection. State courts were closed throughout the state.
Parking bans are in effect in Auburn, Lewiston, Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Sanford, Yarmouth, Brunswick and Westbrook, among other towns.
The speed limit is reduced for the entire length of the Maine Turnpike. Public safety officials are advising people to stay off the roads while plow crews clear snow.
“I urge all of you to drive safely as you commute to your destination,” said Governor LePage. “Stopping on snow or ice without skidding requires extra time and distance. Drive slowly so you can adjust to changing road conditions,” Gov. Paul LePage reminded drivers in a statement released early Thursday. “Please remember to keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and give plow trucks plenty of room to operate.”
More than two dozen flights to and from the Portland International Jetport were canceled or delayed.
The Amtrak Downeaster posted a message on its website Wednesday afternoon that said the passenger train service between Brunswick, Portland and Boston is planning to operate “full service through the winter storm today and tomorrow.” The message encouraged potential riders to check the train service’s website for any possible service changes caused by the storm.
In York County, officials are keeping a close eye on coastal areas that were battered for four days during a strong nor’easter last weekend. Many towns reported damaged seawalls and roads and a significant amount of beach erosion.
By 5 a.m., crews in Saco were clearing sand and water from roads in Camp Ellis following a high tide at 3:30 a.m. that caused flooding. North Avenue is closed.
— Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald