It didn't matter that the lift for the tubing park at Lost Valley in Auburn was broken Tuesday morning as the staff was there to help if people wanted to hike up the hill, which they did in droves. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the single digits to mid-20s from north to south, with snow throughout the state. Here’s what you need to know about the storm and the latest closings, cancellations and delays. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Fifty-three Mainers have died and another 1,123 coronavirus cases have been reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The statewide death toll now stands at 2,024. Check out our tracker for more information.

Maine’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have slipped below 200 for the first time since October 2021.

Maine meets ‘unwelcome milestone’ with 2,000 COVID-19 deaths

Here is what the data say about where Maine is at this stage of the pandemic and where we are going.

Maine health care workers say patients are assaulting them more than ever before

The increase in violence is a national problem laying bare problems in an interconnected health care system.

Susan Collins: Congress should unite against Putin’s ‘heinous’ Ukraine invasion

Maine’s Republican senator said Thursday that she would have favored aggressive sanctions sooner, as Russian troops built up at the Ukrainian border.

PLUS: Here are the things to know  about the conflict over Ukraine and the security crisis in Eastern Europe.

‘I made the right call’: Maine athlete leaves Ukraine amid Russian invasion

Troy Barnies and his wife have left the country for the safety of Norway.

A national furniture chain will be moving into Bangor’s old Toys ‘R’ Us building

Bangor’s former Toys “R” Us location will get its first permanent tenant in almost four years this April.

Lawsuit: Employee at Belfast treatment facility sexually assaulted teen

In December 2019, Trey Knof allegedly entered the girl’s room and sexually assaulted her, leaving a bag of Skittles behind, “as if for payment.”

Top Democrat delays bill to save Wilton call center during spat with local lawmaker

The move from Senate President Troy Jackson was notable because it puts him at odds with the major state employees’ union.

Hampden backs man hoping to build 23 affordable homes using potential loan

The developer, Stan MacMillan, expects the three-bedroom, ranch-style homes off Main Road South to sell for $287,000 or less.

Emergency responders honor Penobscot sheriff’s deputy killed in snowmobile crash

Bobbie Pelletier, 47, of Orrington died Sunday in a snowmobile crash in Limestone, the town where the deputy grew up with his three brothers.

WATCH: A dramatic scene shows the life-and-death stakes for Maine deer

It’s a game of hide-and-seek with life or death consequences, one we don’t often get a chance to witness.

In other Maine news …

Driver dies after getting ejected and hit by 2 vehicles in I-95 crash

Iconic Bar Harbor tavern for sale

Maine groups call for ban on spreading PFAS-laden sludge

Stephen King hopes ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ never gets remade

Falmouth officials rescue golden retriever trapped in drainage culvert

Jimmy Buffett to return to Bangor Waterfront for summer show

Maine Lobster Festival returning to Rockland, this time with free admission

Sled dog musher inspired by Can-Am races relocated kennel from NH to Fort Kent

Hancock County towns could restrict vacation rentals to ease coastal housing crunch