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Extreme Cold Temps Accompany Snow in Maine
01/03/2014 12:15 PM ET  

On the heels of the snow storm that dumped up to a foot of snow in parts of Southern Maine comes some of the coldest temperatures to hit the state in three years.

GRAY, Maine __ Strong winds throughout Maine are picking up newly laid snow and making the bone-chilling cold feel even colder.

Residents throughout much of Maine woke up to sub-zero temperatures Friday morning, with wind gusts up to 30 mph in some areas along the coast.

The National Weather Service in Gray says it's expecting temperatures to drop even more Friday night before gradually warming up into the 20s Saturday afternoon.

NWS meteorologist Chris Legro in Gray said, as the snow storm pulls to the east, northwest winds will drag some cold Canadian air into Maine.

"Especially after sunset we're going to see winds drop-off," Legro said. "That will allow, with the clear skies, temperatures to really tumble after dark and so we're going to see widespread, double-digits below zero across much of the area."

Legro said it could reach 30 below or colder in some valleys in western Maine on Friday night with lows near minus ten across much of the rest of the state, even down to the coast.

Some Mainers saw relief from the snow as total amounts fell short of forecasts in the north while the hard-hit southern part of the state received between 6 to 10 inches, causing some school and business closures Friday.

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