Snow storm hits during evening commute

1:05 AM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A strong snow storm swept through Southern Maine at the worst possible time Tuesday evening, according to Director of Kittery Public Works Norman Albert.

Snow started falling in Southern Maine early Tuesday afternoon, and fell at a rate of about one inch per hour for several hours.

By the evening commute, roads were messy and visibility was poor.

Albert said between 5 and 6 p.m., traffic was at a stand still around the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where workers were trying to go home for the day.

The evening commute was difficult on roads all around Southern Maine and New Hampshire Tuesday night.

New Hampshire State Police lowered the speed limits on state highways to 45 mph.

In Maine, the turnpike lowered speeds from Kittery to Augusta to 45 mph, and I-295 in Portland was down to 40 mph.

The National Weather Service in Gray estimated that visibility was about a quarter of a mile or less.

The Maine Turnpike estimates there were 22 slide offs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

After 10, the snow tapered off and clean up continued.

To help crews in Kittery, Albert is asking for cooperation.

"If you don't have to be out, please stay home," he said. "Give our guys plenty of room to work, and we'll get through this."


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