PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has closed state offices early as a snowstorm that contributed to a 19-car pileup continues to cause trouble in the state. He also declared a limited emergency Friday to allow utility crews to work longer hours in the event of widespread power outages.
Blizzard warnings were going into effect Friday afternoon and evening for part of the coast. The forecast calls for 2 feet of snow and winds gusting to 50 mph.
LePage said state offices were closing at 3 p.m.
Snow was being blamed for a morning pileup involving 19 cars on I-295 in Cumberland.
State police say it was caused when a car spun out, causing a six-car pileup. Eventually, another 13 vehicles crashed into each other. One person was taken to the hospital.