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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine residents are beginning to clean up after a powerful snow storm dropped more than 2 feet of snow in some areas.

While the snow has tapered off, forecasters say strong winds on the coast will make for drifting and blowing snow on Wednesday. They say there could be more snow on the way on Friday.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on much of southern and central Maine on Tuesday, with some areas reporting more than 30 inches of snow.

Several schools will remain closed Wednesday, but some services will be back up and running.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has declared a state of emergency as a blizzard hits the state.

The governor announced early Tuesday that all state offices will be closed because of the storm that could bring up to two feet of snow in some areas as well as high winds and coastal flooding.

LePage is urging Maine residents to stay off the roads.

Many schools and businesses had already decided to close on Tuesday and many cities and towns have banned on-street parking for the duration of the storm.

By Meghan Barr, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen.

Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday, they downgraded most of those numbers, saying New England would fare the worst, but even then not as bad as expected.

Jeffrey Beall / Flickr/Creative Commons

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees took a historic vote Monday by adopting a policy to divest all direct holdings from coal companies. Unity College in Unity, Maine was the first college in the country to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in 2012. But this marks the first time a public land grant institution or university system has taken a smaller step toward that goal.

Eric Flynn

State officials, businesses and communities across Maine are busy making preparations for the impending winter storm that's bringing snow, high winds and blizzard conditions to much of the northeast.