ROADS REPORTED AS HAZARDOUS AROUND CARROLL COUNTY

by Christian Mower on November 23, 2011

PLOWS WERE OUT AND WORKING BUT ROADS WERE SLIPPERY AND SNOW COVERED IN THE CONWAY AREA THIS MORNING WITH SEVERAL INCHES ON THE GROUND.

POWER COMPANIES SAY THEY ARE READY TO DEAL WITH POSSIBLE PROBLEMS BUT NO MAJOR OUTAGES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE VALLEY AREA.

AS OF NOON WEDNESDAY, CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY REPORTED JUST UNDER 10,000 OUTAGES SYSTEM WIDE, WITH ABOUT 4,200 OF THE OUTAGES IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY. OFFICIALS BLAMED THE WET HEAVY SNOW.

CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFFF’S OFFICE LT. MIKE SANTUCCIO CALLED IT A TYPICAL FIRST SNOWSTORM OF THE SEASON, WITH  NUMEROUS SLIDEOFFS AND SEVERAL TREES DOWN ON WIRES AROUND CARROLL COUNTY THIS MORNING, NONE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY. SANTUCCIO DESCRIBED THE ROADS AS SLIPPERY AND EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS AFTER BEING OUT ON PATROL.

CONWAY POLICE LT. CHRIS PERLEY URGES DRIVERS TO GO SLOWLY AND ARRIVE SAFELY FOR THANKSGIVING FESTIVITIES. HE ALSO REMINDS DRIVERS THE PARKING BAN IN CONWAY RUNS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 8 A.M. EACH MORNING. VEHICLES PARKED ILLEGALLY DURING THOSE TIMES WILL BE TICKETED – AND TOWED DURING A SNOW EVENT.

LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING A TREE LIMB WAS REPORTED DOWN ON CRANMORE ROAD IN NORTH CONWAY, BRINGING DOWN PHONE AND CABLE LINES.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL SIX P.M. WEDNESDAY FOR CARROLL COUNTY AND WESTERN MAINE, WITH FORECASTERS CALLING FOR GUSTY WINDS OUT OF THE NORTH.

WINDS WILL REMAIN GUSTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS SKIES CLEAR.