PORTLAND (AP) — Residents of southern Maine are being told to prepare for a possible weekend ice storm that could result in power outages.

Meteorologists say warm air coming up from the south and cold air coming down from Canada could collide to produce freezing rain Saturday night into Sunday. But they stress the forecast is far from certain at this point.

Central Maine Power says it’s told all employees that they might be called in this weekend to deal with any power outages that might occur.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency plans to hold a conferance call today to finalize its response plan.

Officials are hopeful that if there is an ice storm, it won’t come close to rivaling the January 1998 storm that caused six deaths and millions of dollars in damage.

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