CARIBOU, Maine — Heavy rain and high winds on Sunday combined to melt a lot of snow throughout the state, but the white stuff is expected to return starting Tuesday.
While more than 6,400 Emera Maine customers and 1,200 Central Maine Power customers were still without power at 9 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service was forecasting a second storm that could drop up to 14 inches of snow on northern Maine, possibly delaying restoration efforts.
With the exception of southern and western counties, most of the state was put under a winter storm warning effective Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Forecasts called for 6-10 inches in central, eastern and Down East Maine with up to 14 inches in Aroostook County.
Power companies worked steadily throughout the day Monday to restore electricity to all customers affected by the weekend rain and wind storm. Utility officials warned that some customers could be in the dark until as late as Wednesday night.
Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday he has signed a limited emergency declaration allowing utility workers from Canada to assist with restoration efforts.
A few hundred affected Emera Maine customers in Aroostook and Penobscot counties were expected to have power restored by the end of the day Monday, while others in the Machias area might have to wait until the end of the day Tuesday before getting the lights back on.
The company estimated that customers in Hancock County might not all get their power back until Wednesday night, provided the new storm does not delay restoration efforts.