Blizzard Warning In Effect [UPDATE]
We told you about Bombogenesis and now we're going to experience it! A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Bangor and Coastal Hancock County including Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Blue Hill from 7 PM Sunday to 5 AM Tuesday.
The latest predicted snowfall totals are for 4 to 6 inches on Saturday and then 18 to 24 inches late Sunday through Monday! Winds will be Northeasterly 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles in the interior and 60 miles per hour on the coast on Monday.
The result is that travel may be next to impossible at times on Monday because of the blowing snow and whiteout conditions.
Please stay off the roads during the height of the storm. You should prepare for possible power outages. Emera Maine is positioning crews to respond to outages during the storm. They are advising that you make sure you have flashlights, spare batteries, a supply of clean water and nonperishable food items stocked up at home in case of an outage. Make sure your cell phones are charged. If you have a secondary heating system that is not dependent upon electricity, make sure it is in good working order with an adequate fuel supply. Outages can be reported online or by calling Emera Maine's Customer Contact Center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) or 207-973-2000.
This will be a long lasting storm. Be careful shoveling. Don't wait until the very end and try and tackle two feet of snow at once. If you're shoveling you'll want to go out if safe and shovel a few times. Here are some Shoveling Safety Tips From MDI Hospital
As you prepare and do your grocery shopping today, be patient. Everyone else will be out there too. The grocery clerks are going as fast as they can. A smile will go along way today.
Be sure to check on your neighbors during the storm. If you can, help them with the shoveling. Mainers take care of Mainers, it's what makes this State so great.