Portland sidewalks still snowy after storm


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wednesday morning after the snow finished, many pedestrians were forced to use the streets rather than sidewalks to get around.

"It is a little tough. The sidewalks aren't cleared so well in some spots, but you know it only stopped snowing for like six hours. So, it is what you would expect. I guess," said Ben Converse.

The parts of the sidewalks not cleared also followed along tall snowbanks, causing safety concerns for pedestrians to see around and dangerous for drivers as well.

" I would just encourage our pedestrians certainly motorists as well, to be aware of pedestrians near snowbanks, intersections perhaps sight might be restricted until we can remove the snow," said Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky.

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Portland officials prepare for big storm


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland is preparing for the winter storm that is predicted to leave around two feet of snow in the city.

Portland public services director said there's a chance it will be so bad, snow plow operators won't be able to drive. Portland has implemented a parking ban for the entire city from Monday at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

"Once people hit the roads in a snowstorm like this, they are part of the problem," said Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck.

Sauschuck said that if weather gets bad enough, police may decide to respond to emergencies only, like crimes of violence.

"We are ready for this, we've been preparing for this, and you are safe. But we need your help. Give us the opportunity to serve," said the Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria.

The city has not set up warming shelters yet.

Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted — do you long for spring? 

As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. The calm before the storm. For some, the promise of a significant snowfall is reason to rejoice. It means skiing and snowmobiling and sledding and building snow forts. Others dread the thought of the driveway, sidewalks and roofs they’ll need to clear.

AAA Offers Tips For Safe Winter Driving

With the blizzard conditions expected to drop a foot or more of snow on the region, AAA recommends motorist avoiding venturing out in the treacherous driving conditions. “Driving during or after a winter storm is dangerous no matter how well you and your vehicle is prepared.” said Pat Moody manager of public affairs AAA Northern New England.  Since more crashes involving property damage occur during the winter months than any other time of the year, AAA Northern New England encourages all motorists to be prepared for adverse conditions as the weather turns cold.

 

AAA Northern New England recommends motorists follow the guidelines below:

 

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Portland declares city wide parking ban


PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland announced a city-wide parking ban effective 10:00 PM Saturday through 6:00 AM Sunday.

Officials say the city will tow any vehicle left on the city streets, at owner's expense.

City officials say there are many free options for parking on the peninsula. All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM the morning the ban is removed. The city may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the 7:00 AM deadline:

◦Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only

◦State St. gravel lot abutting Deering Oaks

◦Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot

◦Hadlock Field parking lot

◦All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lot which abuts the school and playground

Celebrate winter with WinterFest


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Trucks brought snow into the Old Port Friday to transform downtown for Winterfest.

Winterfest kicks off with a Rail Jam on Spring Street between Center and Union Street. Snowboarders will do jumps and tricks on the course, while viewers can eat and listen to music. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, you can test your goal scoring skills in Monument Square against the Portland Pirates. There will also be WinterKids raffle.

The whole weekend WinterFest is sponsoring a scavenger hunt. To participate, download the "Social Scavenger" app, find the WinterFest Scavenger Hunt, and enter the passcode "winter." You could win free ticket to a Portland Pirates game.