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Icy conditions close Maine state offices, many NH schools

December 22, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state offices will be closed until late Thursday morning because of icy roads and dangerous driving conditions.

The state experienced snow, sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday. Gov. Janet Mills said Maine residents should avoid driving until roads are safer. She said state offices will reopen at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that will continue until 4 p.m. Wednesday in parts of southwestern and western Maine. Mills said roads, bridges and overpasses were likely to become more slick and dangerous for drivers.

In New Hampshire, state police responded to more than 30 crashes because of icy roads. Multiple school were closed. Conditions had improved by Wednesday afternoon.