Scattered power outages, a few car accidents and slippery sidewalks were reported Wednesday as a storm moved through central Maine, bringing mostly steady rain as temperatures hovered around freezing and created slick conditions for pedestrians and drivers.

Winter storm advisories were still in effect in Franklin and northern Somerset counties, and the storm appeared to have caused minimal damage in the area by Wednesday morning.

About 800 Central Maine Power customers were without electricity in Franklin and Somerset counties, a small portion of the roughly 51,000 customer base in those two counties.

A few inches of snow were reported in parts of Somerset county, while nearly a foot of snow was reported in parts of Franklin County, according to meteorologist Tom Hawley at the National Weather Service in Gray.

More rain was expected to fall in central Maine through Friday as temperatures hover around freezing, Hawley said. Freezing rain was expected in Franklin and Somerset counties through Wednesday, where temperatures will stay a little colder.

There is a chance that temperatures could cool on Thursday and bring light snow or snow showers to central Maine, but accumulation should not be more than an inch or two, Hawley said.

By Wednesday morning, less than a quarter-inch of snow had fallen in Winslow in Kennebec County and an inch in North Anson in Somerset County. In the Franklin County town of Eustis, 11.5 inches of snow was reported, and Jackman, in Somerset County, had reports of around 10 inches, Hawley said.

In Kennebec County, more than an inch of rain fell in Augusta, Mount Vernon, Pittsfield and Winslow. Less than an inch was recorded at the Waterville airport. The greatest amounts of rain were in southern and coastal Maine, where 3.34 inches were recorded at Kittery Point, Hawley said.

There were few or no reports of damages or accidents caused by the weather.

“We had a couple of vehicles slide off the road this morning, but no major accidents. Overall, we’ve fared well,” said Michael Smith, director of emergency management services in Somerset County.

There was minor street flooding in Augusta and Waterville, but public works officials said there were no serious problems.

“We’re still dealing with icy roads and icy sidewalks,” Lesley Jones, public works director for the city of Augusta, said Wednesday. “There’s still a lot of ice out so people need to be cautious when they’re out walking. The pavement both on the road and in people’s yards is still very cold and it’s still raining.”

Temperatures should warm up to the 40s on Sunday and the sun should start to come out, Hawley said.

“By Saturday I think we’ll see some sun, but it’s going to be a slow, slow process,” he said.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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