The snow has ended, at least for a few more days, but Mainers will face a different weather challenge when they wake up Tuesday morning.

Overnight wind gusts will contribute to frigid conditions. Gusts are expected to exceed 30 mph, making for a brisk morning commute.

“Wind chill is going to be a factor Tuesday morning,” said Nikki Becker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray.

Temperatures in Portland will reach a high of 11 degrees in the morning, but it will feel like 3 degrees below zero due to the wind chill factor, Becker said. Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon probably won’t get any higher than the low 20s in Portland and elsewhere on the coast.

The cold weather pattern follows a storm that dropped a fair amount of snow on the Portland area Monday, with the largest accumulation reported on Cousins Island in Yarmouth. Becker said 2.5 inches of snow fell in Portland, while Cousins Island got 4.1 inches.

Snow totals varied widely from town to town. Gray received 1.3 inches; Gorham, 2.6 inches; and Cumberland Center, 3.1 inches.


The snow ended around 5 p.m.

Multiple accidents were reported throughout southern Maine during the day, including one in Casco and another in Topsham, because of the slippery road conditions.

Speed limits along most of the Maine Turnpike were reduced to 45 mph throughout the day, but were back to normal by about 4 p.m.

The Maine Turnpike Authority sent an alert just after 2 p.m. about a crash in the northbound lanes between Exit 53 in Falmouth and Exit 63 in Gray in which a vehicle went into the median. There were no injuries and the accident was cleared shortly after 3 p.m.

In another weather-related crash, shortly before 11 a.m. on Poland Spring Road in Casco, a car overturned and emergency workers had to remove the windshield to get the female driver out. Her injuries were minor, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The city of Portland issued a parking ban for Monday night on the peninsula – starting at 10 p.m. and running through 6 a.m. Tuesday – to give crews more time to clean up from Saturday’s snowstorm, which left about 4 inches of snow.

More snow is likely for the coming weekend.

“We’ve got a bigger low pressure system moving up,” Becker said. It should arrive in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and southern Maine at midmorning Saturday and will probably last through Sunday morning. There was no prediction as of Monday night on how much snow will fall or how widespread the storm will be.

“It really depends on the track,” Becker said.

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