February 5

Day-long snowstorm covers central Maine with several inches of snow

National Weather Service predicts the Augusta and Waterville areas will have from eight to 10 inches before snowfall is over.

A day-long snowstorm Wednesday that covered central Maine with eight inches or more of fresh snow shut down state and town offices, Waterville area schools and some businesses.

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TOUGH GOING: Cameron Meserve, left, and Shaun Watkins struggled in the snow to push a wagon load of toys while playing in the snowstorm on Wednesday.

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SNOW DAY FUN: Many area schools were closed for the snowstorm giving Logan Gentile, left, and Gavyn Brown a chance for fun and some sledding near the George J. Mitchell school in Waterville on Wednesday.

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Forecasts Wednesday called for snow until about 10 p.m., with eight to 10 inches of snow accumulation expected in the Waterville area, according to meteorologist Eric Schwibs at the National Weather Service in Gray. Southern Maine areas were expected to get up to a foot.

Conditions will be milder as the week moves on, with a partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s expected through the week, Schwibs said. Temperatures should be closer to the low 30s on average at this time of year, according to Schwibs.

Wednesday’s storm should be the only significant precipitation of the week, other than a chance of small snow showers Sunday night.

— Staff Writer Jesse Scardina

Check unofficial snowfall amounts throughout the state. Amounts are provided by the Gray and Caribou offices of the National Weather Service.

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TWO-WHEEL DRIVE: Danny Hawes manages to keep his bike upright while pedaling in Fairfield on a snowy Wednesday. “The traction is not good today,” Hawes said.

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STORM WORK: A Waterville Public Works truck, left, and a private truck were out in force to clear roads during the snow storm on Wednesday.

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TRAILBLAZER: Bill Canning clears a path for the oil delivery driver at a residence he cares for on May Street in Waterville on Wednesday.

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TRAILBLAZER: Bill Canning, adjusts the snow chute on his John Deere tractor plow as he clears a path for the oil delivery driver at a residence he cares for on May Street in Waterville on Wednesday.

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POW PLOW: A plow with the Waterville Public Works clears fresh snow from Quarry Road as a major storm moves through central Maine on Wednesday.

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