Snow is piling up in Maine


PORTLAND — The snow is piling up in Maine, surpassing the typical season’s total.

Meteorologist Chris Legro from the National Weather Service says Portland had nearly 70 inches — more than 2 feet more than normal — before the latest batch of snow arrived Tuesday with the prospects for up to 9 or 10 inches in parts of southern Maine.

The snowfall has already exceeded the season average total of nearly 62 inches.

More snow is expected Wednesday. More precipitation is due Friday, but that will be mostly rain.

Legro says that while there has been plenty of snow, he said the state isn’t on track for record territory. The all-time record for Portland was 141 inches of snow in 1970-71.

This means….

  • Heavy snow is expected to accumulate 4 to 8 inches.
  • Slippery road conditions and visibility of less than a quarter mile.
  • Winds at 10 mph to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
  • Temperatures in the lower 20s.
  • Snow continues overnight.
  • There is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that could impact travel.
  • Precipitation — a wintry mix — is expected Wednesday morning. It should turn to snow later in the day.

Get updated National Weather Service forecasts for Maine.

If you have to travel…

Parking bans?

  • Auburn has a parking ban from 7 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Lewiston’s parking ban starts at 6 p.m. today and ends at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Lisbon has declared a ban starting at 1 p.m. today until 5 p.m. Wednesday. 
  • Portland has a parking ban from 10 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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