January 7

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

Large patches of ice make travel on Capisic Street dangerous for early morning travelers.

Icy, dry morning, but no major accidents

By Matt Byrne
Staff Writer

Following widespread warnings of frozen roads and dangerous conditions on Maine roadways, Tuesday morning’s commute proceeded safely and no major accidents had been reported by noon.

Authorities in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Freeport, as well as state police, reported no accidents or slide-offs.

“We’re in good shape,” said a Portland dispatcher, who did not give his name.

Transportation officials feared the one-two punch of heavy rain and freezing temperatures would create treacherous conditions throughout the week.

The low in Portland Tuesday was 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Gray. Temperatures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are expected to remain below freezing. By Saturday warmer air will move into the region, with a high expected of about 40 degrees.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

Crew members of the Machigonne II put up a safety barrier in the cold weather as the ferry leaves from the Casco Bay Lines terminal for the islands on Tuesday.

Amelia Kunhardt / Staff Photographer

Morning temperatures around 14 degrees freeze the ice on sidewalks along State Street, making walking difficult in Portland on Tuesday.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

Brian Trafford, left, and Jason Thibeault, who work for Northeast Contractors, use a blow torch and a jackhammer to melt the ice and remove a metal plate during renovations of the Casco Bay Lines terminal.

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