Winter storm slams into Northern New England

12:36 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A winter storm expected to drop up to two feet of snow on parts of Maine has prompted Gov. Paul LePage to close all state offices.

PHOTO GALLERY: Storm photos from around Maine

The Republican governor says all state government offices are closed on Thursday, but are expected to open on schedule on Friday.

The National Weather Service says the highest totals should fall across the foothills and into central portions of Maine. South and east facing slopes of mountains should also see more than a foot.

Gusty winds are expected to result in drifting and possibly power outages, although neither Central Maine Power not Bangor Hydro Electric Co. was reporting outages early Thursday.

The Maine Turnpike Authority at the request of state police has reduced the speed limit along the entire length of the highway to 45 miles per hour.

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