Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Says Prepare For Weekend Storm

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Says Prepare For Weekend Storm

AUGUSTA, MAINE — A storm system moving into Maine early Saturday into Sunday could produce the largest snowfall of the season for interior regions of the state. The National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou report snow is expected to change over to rain along the immediate coast by Saturday afternoon. Heavy mixed precipitation including sleet and freezing rain along the I-95 corridor will make for especially hazardous travel conditions. Significant snowfall accumulations of 12 inches or greater and very heavy snowfall rates are possible across the mountains, foothills, and Northern Maine, making for dangerous travel conditions tomorrow. Wind gusts will increase to 30 - 35 MPH Saturday night into early Sunday as the storm is departing. Travel will be very difficult due to heavy snowfall and reduced visibility in areas of blowing snow. Strong winds could cause isolated damage to trees and power lines loaded with ice and snow Saturday night. Travel is not advised for Maple Weekend on Saturday; consider delaying any travel until the storm has passed Sunday.

“Folks need to keep an eye on their local forecast, be aware of the conditions for their area, and prepare accordingly,” said MEMA Director Pete Rogers. “We are expecting wind, snow, and ice across the state. Travel is discouraged during this storm.”

If you must travel during the storm, tell someone where you are going and when you anticipate arriving at your destination. Your emergency car kit should have the following supplies:

  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Snow shovel
  • Jumper cables – know how to use them properly before attempting to use them
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Cellphone charger
  • Reflective triangles, a flare, or a bright garment to signal needing help
  • Tool kit
  • Waterproof matches

Warming and Charging Centers operated by local municipalities and organizations could open in communities across Maine. Please visit MEMA’s website to find a location near you: You may also dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695) or text your zip code to 898-211 for a list of locations, or contact your local town office, fire, or police department.

If you observe a downed power line, report it to your utility company. Citizens are reminded to never touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a downed line. Motorists should slow down or change lanes, if possible, when approaching utility crews or emergency vehicles.

If alternative power or heat sources are needed during the storm, residents are reminded to ensure the equipment is in proper working condition, properly installed, and that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Mainers are encouraged to stay tuned to alerts and warnings through media or by downloading the free FEMA app on their smart phone, which provides targeted preparedness information, alerts and warnings for specific areas. Preparedness and safety information can be found on MEMA’s FacebookX, and Nextdoor platforms, or visit