A winter storm will bring as much as a foot of snow and wind gusts up to 45 mph across Maine late Monday into Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning from 11 p.m. Monday until 11 p.m. Tuesday.
That storm is barreling down on Maine after walloping the Midwest with the most snow that some places there had seen in decades, according to the Associated Press. It grounded hundreds of flights out of Chicago, and snow fell as far away as Washington, D.C.
Greater Bangor is currently forecast to get about 10 inches of fresh snow, while Bar Harbor is expected to get 8 inches, Machias 8 inches and Eastport 7 inches, according to the weather service’s Caribou office.
Eastern Maine also can expect a wintry mix to accompany the snow, which could leave roads slick and icy. Winds could become gusty at times, reaching up to 35 mph in Greater Bangor and 45 mph near the coast, according to the weather service.
A wide swath of territory further inland from Houlton to Madawaska is forecast to get up to 9 inches of snow, with higher amounts in Fort Kent and Estcourt Station.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency advised Mainers to avoid traveling Tuesday, because the blowing snow and ice accumulation was expected to create hazardous road conditions for those Mainers who still have to commute to work. The high winds forecast to accompany the snow could damage power lines and trees, which could potentially result in widespread power outages.
Versant Power spokesperson Amanda Cummings said Monday that the utility’s crews are preparing to respond to outages from the storm and restore power.
Ahead of the storm, Maine cities, including Bangor, Portland and Westbrook, have issued downtown parking bans. The Maine secretary of state’s office said that driver’s license exams and other Bureau of Motor Vehicles appointments have been canceled.
The storm has even interrupted vaccination drives across the Northeast, with cities in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts closing COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Monday. But so far, some Maine vaccination clinics are going ahead with appointments for Tuesday. Northern Light Health plans to open its new vaccine clinic at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to inoculate those with appointments who can safely make it there on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in Maine, snowfall will become heavier in parts of southern Maine and the western mountains. Sanford is forecast to get up to 12 inches of snow, and Portland is expecting up to 11 inches, according to the weather service’s Gray office.
That accumulation will lessen along parts of the midcoast, where 6 inches are forecast in Rockland and 8 inches in Belfast.