Much of Maine Blanketed with Heavy Snow 

Schools, businesses and government offices have shut down as heavy snow and gusting winds are making for near-blizzard conditions and treacherous driving conditions in Maine. The National Weather Service says up to a foot of snow is expected Wednesday in southern and central Maine, with lesser amounts to the north. By midmorning, southernmost areas had already gotten nearly 10 inches. By the time the storm ends Wednesday night, the weather service says a few locations may top 20 inches. Dozens of flights have been canceled at the Portland International Jetport, and bus service has been curtailed. Many state and federal courts and municipal offices have shut down. Officials say heavy snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will make it difficult for plow trucks to keep up. (AP)