(NEWS CENTER) -- Parts of Maine will stay dark Monday night thanks to a fast-moving storm that dumped nearly a foot of heavy wet snow overnight.
The latest storm was a set back for Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro crews that had been working 17 hour shifts for the last week to restore power following a major ice storm that at its peak left 150,000 customers without electricity.
CMP was down to just 50 outages when the storm rolled in and with it 10 thousand new calls for service.
The problem said CMP line supervisor Gary Hawkes is the one- two punch with no thaw in between. "The snow just sticks to the ice that's already weighing down the trees," said Hawkes. "What we need is a nice sunny 40 degree day."
But with much colder temps on the way, that melt won't happen anytime soon.
CMP hopes to have all power restored by Tuesday. Bangor Hydro is shooting for New Year's Day.