PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Don't underestimate Stella! The crippling snowstorm is decreasing visibility and wreaking havoc across Maine. Snow is starting to fall at a rate of two inches or more per hour with damaging winds causing low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
We will continue to see the worst of the storm through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
"Blizzard conditions are expected and travel is not recommended. I still expect about a foot and a half of snow for most towns, but the jackpot area will be in the foothills and mountains where over 18 inches will fall. Rain will be a player along sections of the coast, especially Downeast, where amounts will be less, between eight to 12 inches," said Todd Gutner
According to the National Weather Service, snow will become heavy Tuesday afternoon with snowfall rates of one to three inches per hour possible and blizzard conditions along the coast.
Thousands of people are without power due to the storm. According to Central Maine Power, 7,451 customers are without power in York County and 17 in Oxford County. Emera Maine says 13 customers are without power in Old Town.
Blizzard warnings have been issued for the state. Stella will continue to pound on Maine through Wednesday. Southern Maine could see up to 19 inches of rapid snowfall, causing major travel disruptions on roadways and airports.
Weather services issued the BLIZZARD warnings for Tuesday morning through the evening and WINTER STORM warnings through Wednesday.
Todd is predicting 19 inches of snow and not recommending travel.
Tom is predicting 12 to 20 inches of snow Tuesday through Wednesday for more than 90 percent of the state. He says Downeast and the upper tip of Aroostook County will likely be in the eight to 12 inch range.
Here's my map, I think most will end up with around a foot and a half! pic.twitter.com/Fq9iCasbFr— Todd Gutner (@ToddWCSH) March 14,
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