The Latest: Maine town gets 30 inches of snow

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Posted: Feb 13, 2017 6:23 PM
The Latest: Maine town gets 30 inches of snow

The Latest on a winter storm moving through the Northeast (all times local):

6 p.m. p.m.

The National Weather Service says the Maine town of Cary has recorded 30 inches of snow during the past 24 hours. It's one of several towns in the state that will remember the latest winter storm mostly for the massive amounts of snow they received.

Cary is near the Canadian border and has registered the most snow in Maine from the storm that still was active Monday evening. But there were several towns not far behind, including Dexter, which got 28 inches, and Island Falls, which logged 25 inches.

Meteorologists say some towns see similarly high snowfall totals every few years. And the numbers still can rise.

The storm is expected to continue on for several more hours before petering out Monday evening.

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1:35 p.m.

Maine utilities say despite whiteout conditions caused by blustery snow, the storm hasn't brought as many power outages as expected.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power says about 800 power outages were reported by mid-day Monday. Most are in an area of Waldo County that was predicted to have the biggest snowfall and the fastest wind speeds.

The snow in Maine is light, not sticky, and the wind isn't moving as fast as predicted. Although driving conditions are poor, the snow isn't creating much havoc with electrical systems.

A spokeswoman for Emera Maine said utilities still are prepared to deal with higher wind speeds if it picks up in the afternoon.

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12:45 p.m.

In New Hampshire, the Mount Washington Avalanche Center has issued an extreme avalanche danger warning on two trails after more than 16 inches of snow has fallen on the highest peak in the Northeast.

The warning was issued for much of Huntington Ravine and Tuckerman Ravine. The 6,288-foot summit had picked up 16.4 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Monday, with more snow falling.

Just after 12:30 p.m., it was 6 degrees at the summit with 67 mph wind gusts, creating a wind child of 24 degrees below zero.

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11:50 a.m.

The winter storm moving through the Northeast has caused at least one weather-related death, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

A coroner says high winds took down a tree branch that crashed through a driver's windshield and led to his death. Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall said 22-year-old Shannon Lee Martin of Loysville died early Monday after going into cardiac arrest at a hospital outside Harrisburg.

Hall says Martin was driving near Mechanicsburg late Sunday night when the branch fell. It struck him in the chest, breaking his ribs and lacerating his heart.

The National Weather Service in State College says winds in the Harrisburg area were gusting to about 60 mph at the time Martin was struck. Traumatic injuries were considered the cause of his death at West Shore Hospital.

In Coventry, Rhode Island, police are investigating the hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old man. They say the driver was possibly operating a snowplow on a snow-covered road. The victim was struck just before 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police are withholding his identity pending notification of family.

Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, say a man clearing heavy snow off of a vehicle suffered a heart attack and was taken to a hospital. His name and condition wasn't immediately known.

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11:15 a.m.

Maine authorities say road conditions are bad enough to warrant staying off the highways so snowplow drivers can do their work.

High winds are making for poor visibility on roads and blowing snow into the path of drivers. Some areas of Maine got 20 inches of snow on Monday, and winds are topping 35 mph.

The Maine Department of Transportation says two incidents on Interstate 95 require the attention of drivers in the Augusta area. However, they say it's better to stay off the roads altogether.

A tractor trailer got stuck in the median at the 110 northbound mile marker, blocking a lane. Two tractor trailers also got stuck at Exit 113 northbound, causing more lane blockage.

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10:30 a.m.

Vermont is digging out from the biggest storm to hit the state in more than two years.

The National Weather Service says 16 inches of snow has fallen in the town of Walden in the northeast corner of the state, and Sutton got 15.5 inches.

More than a foot of snow fell in the Burlington area.

Marlon Verasamy of the NWS, says it's the biggest storm to hit Vermont since Feb. 2, 2015. The winter storm warning was to expire Monday evening.

Schools and businesses are closed across the state, but Vermont is taking the storm in stride.

On Sunday night, Republican Gov. Phil Scott declared a "powder day" for Monday and urged winter enthusiasts in the state to stay another day and enjoy the snow.

Scott also urged everyone to drive carefully.

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10:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service says winter storm warnings have been lifted for New Hampshire, while blizzard warnings remain in place until 7 p.m. for the Midcoast and coastal regions of Maine.

Justin Arnott, a meteorologist for the weather service, says winter storm warnings for Strafford and Rockingham counties in New Hampshire have been lifted. The Granite state got a little less snow than expected, he said, but still saw upward of 14 inches of snow in some places. He says that made it one of the biggest, if not the biggest storm of the year, for some locations.

In Maine, Arnott said the storm was still ongoing, though some parts of the state could see as much as 2 feet of snow by the end of the day. If those numbers play out, Arnott projected that this storm could be at least as large as one that hit the state at the end December. Blizzard warnings remain in place along the coast from Sagadahoc to Washington counties.

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9:25 a.m.

High winds and coastal flooding are replacing snow as the biggest potential weather hazards as the work week gets underway in Massachusetts.

The snow is expected to wind down Monday, while winds are kicking up.

The National Weather Service says coastal areas of Massachusetts will bear the brunt, with Nantucket and Cape Cod at risk from gusts as high as 65 mph.

The wind, as well as heavy wet snow clinging to branches, brings the risk of power outages. The state's largest utilities were reporting minimal power outages as of Monday morning.

Northern Middlesex and Franklin counties took the brunt of the Sunday-Monday storm, with Rowe reporting 12.5 inches of snow, and Pepperell and Tewksbury reporting a foot each. Boston got 3.4 inches.

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8:45 a.m.

A powerful storm packing snow and wind has immobilized much of Maine, where authorities are advising residents stay home and be wary of strong winds that could be dangerous.

The National Weather Service says parts of mid-coast and eastern Maine could get 2 feet of snow before it's all over. The storm was still raging in Maine on Monday morning and was expected to continue into the afternoon.

Snow totals included 20 inches in Harpswell and 15 inches in Kennebunk. Authorities warned that high winds of more than 35 mph were making for dangerous conditions and low visibility.

The storm has closed state offices, the Portland International Jetport and hundreds of schools.

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7 a.m.

Hundreds of schools have been closed and most flights have been canceled in and out of New Hampshire as the latest storm to hit the area has dumped over a foot of snow in some places.

State officials said Monday morning the snow was fluffier than expected and that led to just a few scattered power outages overnight. But authorities are concerned about the wind, which could change the situation. The wind was expected to pick up with gusts of at least 30 mph that would plunge wind chills into the teens and below.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu reminded people "to be smart and be safe," watching out for children who might be playing in snowbanks in the path of plow trucks, and clearing vents so there is no buildup of gas in homes.

Some snow totals from the second storm to hit the area in less than a week, include 14 inches in Ossipee; 12 inches in Berlin; and 10 inches in Nashua

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6:15 a.m.

Hundreds of schools from New York City's northern suburbs to central New York are closed or opening later after the second major storm in less than a week dumped up to a foot of snow on the region.

Heavy snow began falling Sunday morning across the eastern half of New York. In the Albany area, highways and secondary roads were snow-covered by midafternoon, slowing southbound traffic on the Adirondack Northway section of Interstate 87 to a crawl.

The snow tapered off early Monday morning, but some schools called off classes for the day while many others are operating on a two-hour delay.

The National Weather Service's winter storm warning for much of upstate New York extends into Monday evening for some areas. Meteorologists say wind gusts are approaching 50 mph in eastern New York.

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3 a.m.

Heavy, wet snow is once again blanketing the Northeast just days after the biggest storm of the season dumped up to 19 inches of snow on the region.

Winter storm warnings are in effect into Monday from upstate New York to Maine, where blizzard conditions and 2 feet of snow are possible.

Hartford, Connecticut, could get 4 to 8 inches of snow, the Boston area 6 to 10, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 12 to 18 and 16 to 24 in Portland, Maine.

The National Weather also is warning of strong winds and coastal flooding.

Schools around the region delayed or canceled classes Monday including in Boston.

According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 1,300 flights in the U.S. were scrapped Sunday and more than 6,000 delayed.