Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public File

Far-southwestern Maine could see as much as 17 inches of snow before this two pronged storm ends Tuesday.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The National Weather Service says parts of northern New England could get their first measurable snowfall of the season.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Another round of snow is on tap for much of New England, especially Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Coutts Brothers Inc., a contractor for Central Maine Power, uses a drone to spot a tree leaning on a transmission line in Skowhegan.
Coutts Brothers, Inc.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power says it could take several days for power to be restored to some customers following a Nor’easter that knocked out electricity for more than 100,000 Mainers statewide.

A worker for the city's housing department clears snow from a sidewalk in downtown Auburn, Maine, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

A powerful winter storm has left more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the dark in Maine.


Parts of Maine are poised to get their first taste of snow this season.

The National Weather Service says the plummeting temperature will cause rain to turn to snow late Saturday and into Sunday in northwestern Maine. Meteorologist Chris Kimball says higher terrain could see 3 to 4 inches, while lower elevations will see only an inch or so of snow.

The rest of the state will see more rain after downpours Friday night into Saturday _ between 1 and 2.5 inches before it ends.

The rain is needed. The federal government says more than 1.2 million residents -nearly all of Maine's population -is dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions.

As Maine deals with the year's first big statewide winter storm, the Maine Department of Transportation is out on the roads.

Workers at the Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn prepare the chairlift for opening day.
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The season's first snow storm has outdoor enthusiasts anxiously checking trail conditions for skiing and snowmobiling.

BOSTON (AP) _ Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these 'acts of God'.

Nick Woodward

Another snow storm is churning across the Northeast, bearing down on an already snow-weary New England. Winter Storm Neptune could drop more than two feet of fresh powder on top of a snow pack already three feet deep- or more-  in places.

The road up to the MPBN-TV transmitter in Mars Hill
Jeff Mahaney/Aaron Carter/MPBN

Snow fell in Aroostook County Thursday, April 24, more than one month after the official start to spring. Here's the view on Mars Hill mountain, just below Presque Isle where MPBN Technology Crew members Jeff Mahaney and Aaron Carter encountered winter-like conditions. The pair were checking in on the MPBN TV transmitter located on top of the mountain.

According to the National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine the three inches of snow accumulated in Aroostook County is the biggest snowfall so late in the season since April 29, 2005 when 3.6 inches was observed.