February 25, 2013

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Chris Kessler of South Portland pulls his son Cadence, with his dog Abby, after sledding at Thomas Knight Park in South Portland during the heavy snowfall Sunday morning.

Most areas see 8 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — By 8 p.m. Sunday, about 10 inches of snow had fallen on Portland's North Deering neighborhood, and the snow continued into the night.

Most areas of Maine had received between 8 and 12 inches of snow by late Sunday from the storm, which started late Saturday night.

By Sunday night, the town of Cumberland had recorded 12 inches, Westbrook got 10 inches and Hollis, in York County, reported 11.1 inches. Forecasters say those totals were not likely to change significantly by the time the storm ended.

"It's the wet, glumpy stuff," said Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray. "It has quite a bit of moisture to it. It's not exactly the best stuff for moving around."

The moist snow caused secondary roads to be greasy, with police departments across the state reporting dozens of cars sliding off roads.

Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook reported on its Facebook page that a large plow truck made a wrong turn and ended up in a farm pond, but dispatchers in Westbrook and Scarborough both said the truck wasn't one of theirs.

Speeds on the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 295 were reduced to 45 mph on Sunday.

Though the snow was heavy, winds were light, and fewer than 700 customers were without power Sunday night, Central Maine Power Co. reported.

Most of those outages were concentrated in York and Cumberland counties.

The city of Portland declared a parking ban, which was in effect through 6 a.m. Monday. The bans give city plow trucks the room they need to clear streets of snow.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said that after this storm, the city will most likely have expended its $1.1 million snow-removal budget. It cost the city $440,000 to remove snow from the Feb. 8-9 blizzard.

Clegg said city officials will have to replenish the snow-removal budget by moving funds from other municipal budgets.

Temperatures were expected to fall to about 20 degrees overnight.

Sinsabaugh said that Monday and Tuesday should offer the best weather of the week, featuring sunny breaks and highs in the upper 30s and near 40 along the coast.

But the weather break will be short-lived, with another snowstorm forecast to move into Maine on Tuesday night, carrying with it more heavy, wet snow.

There is the potential for that storm to drop another 6 inches of snow on the area, Sinsabaugh said.

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Pat Farrell, an employee of the Portland Recreation and Facilities Department, shovels the front of City Hall during the heavy snow Sunday in Portland. By noon Farrell and his co-workers had shoveled at City Hall four times.

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Leigh Turitz of South Portland skis down Madison Street in South Portland during the heavy snowfall Sunday morning.

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Kim Conley chops the snow while clearing the end of her driveway on Clemons Street in South Portland during the heavy snowfall Sunday morning.

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