Sunshine returned Sunday morning after a blizzard dumped nearly a foot of snow along with high winds.

This was the first blizzard warning for the region since March 2018, according to WCSH 6 weather.

The snow began at about 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 with the steadier, heavier snow coming down in mid-morning. The peak of the storm was later Saturday, with winds of up to 35 miles per hour, with higher gusts of up to 55 miles per hour.

The snowstorm wound down early Sunday morning. A total of up to 24 inches of light, fluffy snow was expected, with drifts of several feet, but less than a foot was reported Sunday morning in many places. Temperatures were in the low to mid-teens during the storm.

The National Weather Service in Gray reported 12 inches of snow in Thomaston from the storm.

Gusty winds cause some power outages as branches broke off trees. Outages peaked at less than 100 across Knox County by Sunday morning.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency issued a news release late Thursday in preparation for the storm.

“With a serious storm expected to bring several inches of snow and strong winds across certain parts of Maine, I encourage people to be cautious and careful and to avoid driving if at all possible. If you do have to be on the road, it’s always important to be mindful of road crews and emergency responders who are working to keep us all safe,” Maine Gov. Janet Mills said in the news release. “As always, be sure to check in on your neighbors and loved ones to make sure they are okay and extend a helping hand to those who may need it.”

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have made the following adjustments to outpatient services for Saturday, Jan. 29:

· COVID testing centers: PBMC testing will close at 10 a.m. WCGH testing will be closed.

· Walk-in Care: PBMC Walk-in Care and WCGH Walk-in Care will both close at noon.

The PBMC and WCGH emergency departments and inpatient units will remain open and able to serve patients for the duration of the storm.

The Rockland Public Library closed Saturday. The Rockland transfer station also closed Saturday. The Owls Head Transportation Museum also closed on Saturday.

Rockland announced a parking ban on city streets and public parking lots from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday and again from midnight Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. Off-street parking will be available in the city-owned lot on Winter Street.

Camden also announced a parking ban for all streets and parking lots in Camden, except for the Public Safety lot on Washington Street, from 8 a.m. Saturday morning to 6 a.m. Sunday. The Parking ban will then resume for the Camden downtown accumulated snow clean-up, from Sunday evening starting at 10 and continue to Monday morning at 6 am.

“We understand a daytime ban could be less than ideal, but it is necessary for crews to stay ahead of the conditions this anticipated storm will bring. Those who need street parking for short durations, like store or pharmacy visits, will not be subject to ticketing. We just ask that these are short duration parking situations. The second parking ban is needed to also allow for the safe removal of accumulated snow in the downtown area. The removal of accumulated snow after a large snow event is necessary to free up downtown parking and clear important drainage that prevents flooding and icing. Our Public Works crew appreciates your assistance in this matter, so they can safely and efficiently get our streets, parking spaces and drains cleared. If the storm is shorter in duration, and clean-up is ahead of schedule we will lift the parking ban early. Thank you for your cooperation,” the town announced on the Camden Police Department website.

“With tomorrow’s forecast calling for blizzard conditions we ask that you stay of the roads unless it for necessary or emergency travel. Blizzard conditions also bring whiteout conditions. This sometimes necessitate having plow trucks being taken off the roads until conditions improve. If you haven’t had the pleasure of being stuck on a roadway for hours it’s no fun. Staying off the roadways also assist our plow operators and Public Safety officials deal with the storm. If you have to go out please be prepared,” the police chief stated.

Kent Woodward, of South Thomaston, had his 50-foot tower and wind generator knocked over during the storm. The tower fell onto his workshop and some solar panels. Woodward says the tower will be replaced along with one solar panel. Photo by Kent Woodward.

Kent Woodward’s 50-foot tower toppled over onto solar panels on top of his South Thomaston workshop. Photo by Kent Woodward.

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The intersection of Park and Union street in Rockland during the Jan. 29 blizzard. Photo by Steve Betts

Rockland Main Street during the blizzard Jan. 29. Photo by Steve Betts

Two pedestrians on Cedar Street in Rockland brave the wind and the cold in the late morning of the storm Saturday, Jan. 29. Photo by Christine Simmonds

The storm cleared the roads in Rockland of traffic on Saturday at noon, Jan. 29. Photo by Christine Simmonds