The snowstorm that hit Maine Wednesday forced schools, businesses and government offices to close, and sent cars and trucks sliding on slippery roads and highways, but on Thursday bright sun made for dazzling snow scenes as Mainers awakened to dig out and return to normal routines. The National Weather Service in Gray forecast cold, dry weather with a blend of sun and clouds Thursday with temperatures in the mid 20s. 

Tim Boardman snowplows his driveway along Brighton Avenue in Portland on Thursday as Mainers dig out from the latest winter snowstorm. Portland received 8.7 inches of snow from the storm, increasing the snowfall total for Portland to 53 inches, 16.7 inches above average through Feb. 5. John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

The sun rises over the Blueberry Barrens in Kennebunk on Thursday morning, casting long shadows from stands of grass buried under snow from Wednesday’s snow storm. Kennebunk got 8.6 inches in the storm. Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer