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Messy storm brings snow, ice over busy travel days

23 December 2017

"The greatest current risk is associated with the icing Saturday, as small changes to temperature and storm track can have an enormous effect on this type of weather event's impact", Alex O'Meara, a spokesman for Unitil in New Hampshire, said Friday.

And, after temperatures warm slightly Saturday and Sunday, when the sun is expected to re-appear briefly, more snow is expected throughout the state on Christmas Day.

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Drivers are urged to use caution on elevated surfaces, including bridges. Snow won't arrive in northern Aroostook County until overnight Friday. Authorities said the roadways are slick in the area. Drivers are urged to use extra caution and be aware of changing conditions if traveling in this area.

A messy storm is set to arrive in New England on Friday, and stick around into the first part of the weekend.

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The freezing rain and ice will linger straight into Saturday across numerous colder communities of eastern Vermont, New Hampshire, and ME, while plain rain falls farther south as temperatures climb into the 40s and even 50s in some cases. Over a foot of snow in northern Idaho's Boundary and Bonner counties triggered numerous power outages, extending into northwest Montana and northeast Washington state, according to the National Weather Service.

Travel is expected to continue to be slippery later in the day and evening. That means after the snow most places will see a period of freezing rain.

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The precipitation in most of ME will turn into rain by Saturday evening, and the change could happen even earlier along the midcoast. Another separate system will bring mixed precipitation to the region on Saturday, with the potential for some snow on Monday as well.

Messy storm brings snow, ice over busy travel days