- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine residents spent another day Monday digging out snow that broke records and tested patience.

Parts of southern Maine were likely to get 8 inches of new snow by the time the storm tapers early Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Sinsabaugh said. Portland also got about 3 inches of snow Sunday and overnight, adding to 6-foot snow drifts in many neighborhoods.

Portland resident Dan Littlefield said he walked about 2½ miles in snowshoes to his job managing a video store. He said getting out in the snow is a good way to beat the winter blues.

“I had to do it,” Littlefield said. “I tried to make the most of it.”

Other people were wondering where to put all the newly-shoveled snow, which is spilling into streets and piling as high as buildings in some areas. Elliot Vacchiano said the parking lot of the deli he manages has a 20-foot pile that will only grow.

“There are benefits to living in Maine. We don’t have tornados,” he said.

Other parts of Cumberland County, the state’s most populous county, got about 6 inches on Sunday and overnight as snow continued to pile up Monday. Winds of 15 to 25 mph created new drifts and reduced visibility.

Farther north, Bangor got about 2.5 inches Sunday and overnight and was expected to see another inch by the end of Monday’s snow.

More snow was in the forecast for Maine on Thursday, though the severity of the storm wasn’t clear, Sinsabaugh said. Downeast Maine could see the heaviest snow in that developing storm. The snow would add to record totals in Eastport, which recently broke a 5-decade-old state record for most snow in a 10-day period with 76 inches.

Sinsabaugh said Thursday’s storm “looks like more of a nuisance.”

Portland International Jetport and Bangor International Airport reported numerous cancelations on Monday.

Maine Turnpike Authority officials said crashes caused delays. State roads were largely passable and crews were “keeping up with” the work despite the heavy volume of snow, State Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said.

Numerous schools, government services and activities closed around Maine on Monday.


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