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Maine Snowstorm Leaves Thousands Without Power, Dumps Two Feet of Snow

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Thousands of people in Maine woke up in the dark Monday morning after an icy blast knocked out power and buried parts of the state in almost two feet of snow seven weeks ahead of winter. More than 130,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity as of Sunday night, and Maine Gov. Paul LePage declared a state of emergency. Although Monday was expected to bring warmer weather across the East, snow was still set to fall until lunchtime in parts of northeast Maine. As much as 21 inches fell in Cary, near the border with Canada, and double-digit totals peppered the Maine map.

Snow also fell as far south and east as Charleston, South Carolina — the earliest flakes on record in the city — over the weekend. Farther northwest in the southern Appalachian Mountains, up to 6 inches of snow fell around Asheville, North Carolina, while 2.5 inches were measured in Boone, North Carolina, according to The Weather Channel.

After a weekend that saw record low temperatures for this time of year in Ohio and Florida, temperatures were forecast to bounce back as the snow shifted north to the Canadian Maritimes. Parts of New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., could expect temperatures in the 60s, 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Sunday.

But another blast of cold air will hit the northern Plains on Wednesday night, then reach the East Coast on Friday. That is expected to bring some snow across parts of northern New York and northern New England.

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