Elsewhere in the Twin Cities, authorities said few vehicles were off the streets or involved in collisions.

“Public Works did a nice job cleaning up the roads,” Lewiston police Sgt. Robert Ullrich said.

A parking ban was in effect in Auburn until Sunday at 7 a.m. There was no parking ban in Lewiston.  

Saturday’s winter storm began around 3 a.m., dropping freezing rain and sleet first and eventually transitioning over to snow until about 3:30 p.m.

Total precipitation was measured at 5 inches in Lisbon Falls, according to the National Weather Service Office in Gray.

Temperatures hovered around 25 degrees throughout the middle of the state on Saturday.

In Oxford County a radio dispatcher reported “a lot of vehicles off the road, but no bad accidents or injuries.”

In Franklin County, conditions were similar. More accidents than usual were reported but none serious.

Main State Police reported many slide-offs, especially on the highways, but no major accidents.

The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Three to 5 inches of snow is expected. About 11 a.m., the NWS reported 2.8 inches at its Gray office. It could mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain at times. This would result in reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions. 

North winds are expected to reach 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 20s.

The city of Auburn has declared a parking ban starting at 9 p.m. Saturday and ending at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. for Franklin and Oxford counties.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. 

Many areas have or are changing over to all snow. Drive safely, there may still be a glaze of ice under the snow.

Posted by US National Weather Service Gray ME on Saturday, January 16, 2016


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