Crews from Central Maine Power Co. are responding to an estimated 20,000 outages — most of them in York County — resulting from a storm that brought heavy snow and gusty winds to Maine Wednesday night and Thursday.

In York County, heavy snow that started falling Wednesday coated tree limbs and brought some down onto power lines. Four outages were reported early Thursday morning in Waldo County, but as of 11 a.m. CMP's website showed no remaining outages here.

As of noon Wednesday, a Winter Storm Warning was in effect for all of Midcoast Maine. A nor'easter brought heavy snow late Wednesday snow continued to fall Thursday, March 7 and 8. Municipal and state offices, schools and events have been canceled along the storm's path.

A storm system moved through the Ohio River Valley Tuesday, then redeveloped and intensified off the Mid-Atlantic coast Wednesday. This began to push in areas of light snow across the Midcoast by Wednesday afternoon.

The storm system pushed northeast and moved through southern New England then into the Gulf of Maine late Wednesday and into Thursday, which increased wind and snowfall rates for the Midcoast. Snow piled up fast after 8 p.m. Wednesday night and continued through Thursday morning with some rain mix possible along the immediate coast.

Snow was expected to taper off late Thursday afternoon and into the overnight as the storm begins to unwind, leaving some lingering flurries into Friday.

Snow totals overall should fall between a foot and a foot and a half for most of the Midcoast with lesser amounts possible along the immediate coast where rain may mix at times. The milder air toward the coast will also make for a denser sticky wet snow while colder air inland will make for a fluffier and drier snow. If colder air is able to hold closer to the ocean, snow totals would be on the higher range with less compaction.

Winds peaked during the late night and into early Thursday morning. The combination of stronger winds and heavy wet snow has resulted in downed limbs and trees with scattered power outages. Winds will gradually decrease Thursday afternoon while becoming more south and southwesterly.

The Storm Warning was posted through this period with seas remaining between 3 to 6 feet for Penobscot Bay and 6 to 12 feet into the northern Gulf of Maine Wednesday, building to up to 20 feet offshore Thursday.

Cancellations

The March 8 Harlem Superstars fundraiser event for Belfast Area High School's Project Graduation is postponed to Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets already purchased will be honored on that date.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles canceled all driver license examinations scheduled for Thursday, March 8. Those scheduled for an exam on Thursday will automatically be rescheduled and will receive notice of a new exam date via the mail. Applicants do not need to take any action to receive a new exam date.

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce office is closed March 8 and will reopen Friday, March 9, at 9 a.m.

Searsport town offices, Carver Memorial Library and the transfer station are closed Thursday.

The town of Lincolnville is closed March 8.

All non-essential Waldo County government offices are closed March 8.

Northport Town Office is closed March 8.

Troy Town Office is closed March 8.

No school March 8 for RSU 3, RSU 20, RSU 71, RSU 25 and Bucksport Christian School.

All Spectrum Generations locations are closed March 8.

Maine Legislature and Maine Supreme Judicial Court are closed March 8.