Maine Snowstorm Leaves Thousands Without Power, Dumps Two Feet of Snow

A snow storm in Bangor Maine on Nov. 2, 2014 that covered much of New England.
Dylan Dreyer | NBC
A snow storm in Bangor Maine on Nov. 2, 2014 that covered much of New England.

Thousands of people in Maine were waking up in the dark Monday morning after an early winter blast knocked out power and buried parts of the state in almost two feet of snow.

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More than 130,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity as of Sunday night and Maine Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency. Although Monday was expected to bring warmer weather across the East, snow was still set to fall until lunchtime in parts of northeast Maine.

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"The snow that is still falling should be done by at least lunchtime," said Weather Channel Lead Meteorologist Kevin Roth at 4 a.m. ET. "Where there has been four-to-five inches, that should melt with the higher temperatures during the day, but places with around two feet will stick around longer."

Snow also fell as far south and east as Charleston, South Carolinathe earliest flakes on record in the cityover the weekend. Farther northwest in the southern Appalachian Mountains, up to six inches of snow fell around Asheville, North Carolina while 2.5 inches were measured in Boone, North Carolina, according to The Weather Channel.

After a weekend that saw record low temperatures for this time of year in Ohio and Florida, temperatures were forecast to bounce back as the snow shifted north to the Canadian Maritimes, Roth said. Parts of New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., could expect temperatures in the 60s, 10-to-15 degrees warmer than Sunday, Roth said.

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But another blast of cold air will hit the northern Plains on Wednesday night, then reach the East Coast on Friday. That is expected to bring some snow across parts of northern New York and northern New England.