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Blizzard Warning Issued as Storm Advances on Maine
02/07/2013 3:45 PM ET  

The National Weather Service has issued a rare blizzard warning for a storm that's headed to Maine with a nasty combination of heavy snow and strong winds.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The blizzard warning for much of coastal Maine begins Friday afternoon and continues until late Saturday afternoon. The forecast calls for reduced visibility and gusts of up to 45 mph, with snow accumulations reaching 18 to 24 inches deep in parts of the state.

Forecaster Mike Cempa says the last time the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Maine was in December 2010.

Cempa says the height of the storm will be Friday night and early Saturday, with snow falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour.

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