January 14

Central Maine still having problems with dense fog, rain on icy side roads

Temperatures warmed into the lower 40s and travel generally was good, according to one road official.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Freezing rain advisories were discontinued Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service but patchy dense fog and rain on frozen side streets and secondary roads still posed a challenge for some morning commuters.

Temperatures warmed into the lower 40s and travel generally was good, said Bob Gilchrist, operations manager at Waterville public works.

“We’re in good shape, there may have been some residual ice cover in places but nothing new — we lucked out,” Gilchrist said.

Sgt. Dan Goss at the Waterville Police Department said there had been no weather-related accidents Tuesday morning. No accidents were reported in the Somerset County Regional Communications Center.

In Skowhegan, sections of several roads that still have ice on them from previous storms and below zero temperatures were a problem, but overall road conditions were good, according to Road Commissioner Greg Dore.

“We have a few spots that are still iced over where it’s real shady and the sun can’t get to them, but pretty much we didn’t have any issues,” Dore said. “Some places the ruts are so deep we have to melt them and it’s taking a while. We’re using salt, regular road salt.”

Temperatures in most areas of central Maine rose above freezing by Tuesday morning, meteorologist Kistner at the weather service said. He said less than a half inch of rain is expected Tuesday with a few snow showers Tuesday night. The forecast for Wednesday is for mostly sunny conditions.

Another storm, however, could be on the way for the weekend, he said.

“There might be a storm Saturday, but there’s really only one (computer) model that’s picking up on it,” he said. “We’ll keep an eye on it.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 dharlow@centralmaine.com Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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