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BERLIN, N.H. - Bitter cold temperatures are heading into northern New England.
The National Weather Service says the wind chill could hit minus 30 degrees in Maine and northern New Hampshire. A wind child warning is in effect from 8 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday. The weather service says exposure to such frigid temperatures could result in frostbite or hypothermia.
It won't be quite as cold in Vermont, but experts say people should also brace for very cold weather. Temperatures could drop to minus 10 degrees and will be even colder in the mountains.

CARIBOU, Maine - There's so much snow that Maine residents are being warned to be wary of potential roof collapses.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency says the snow load on structures is a concern after several storms with heavy, wet snow across central and northern Maine.
Rich Norton from the National Weather Service says the latest storm on Wednesday brought the season snow total to nearly 70 inches in Caribou. Norton says that's about 2-and-a-half feet above normal.

Ice fisherman head for home at dusk on Long Lake, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Naples, Maine. Mount Washington and Presidential Range in New Hampshire can be seen 40 miles to the west.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

TOWNSHIP 6, RANGE 11, Maine (AP) _ Maine officials are warning that there’s still thin ice in many locations, even as a winter storm dumps heavy snow across most of the state.

Rangers on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway say the ice is still spotty in late December: They found only 1 to 3 inches on Chamberlain and Eagle Lakes this week.

They’re advising fishermen to use caution when heading out onto the ice this weekend.

Rangers note that the snow isn’t helping the ice. Snowfall tends to serve as insulation and slows the thickening of the ice.

Coast Guard Cutters Tackle Ice on Penobscot River in Bangor Area

Dec 29, 2016
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

BREWER, Maine — Thick ice formed on the Penobscot River earlier than normal this year, so the U.S. Coast Guard was called in to help break it up as part of its annual mission to keep the river passable.

Robert Bukaty

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday that it will invest $225 million in conservation projects around the country, including $6 million for Maine.

The five-year Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project will help private forestland owners reduce the effects of flooding on road-stream crossings and restore more than 250 miles of fish habitat by replacing and resizing several hundred culverts.

Feds to Pour $225M into Water Projects Around US, Including Maine

Dec 21, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter-billion dollars into several dozen projects aimed at tackling the effects of drought in the West and restoring watersheds that provide drinking water to communities around the nation.
The $225 million in funding will be shared among 88 projects, from California's Central Valley to centuries-old irrigation systems in northern New Mexico and thousands of square miles of fragmented streams in Maine.

Dangerous Wind Chills Put Northeast in Deep Freeze

Dec 16, 2016
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze.

Caroline Losneck / Maine Public

Climate change poses a threat to property and infrastructure up and down the East Coast, and in Portland, residents and planners are starting to devise a response.

BOSTON — Government fishing managers will hire a shrimp fisherman from Massachusetts to help perform research about the future of the New England shrimp fishery.

The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries say they want to hire a shrimp trawling vessel to collect samples of Northern shrimp. The fishermen will also be allowed to bring 1,200 pounds of shrimp per week to shore and sell them.

The project will begin on Jan. 15, 2017 and last eight weeks.

CARIBOU, Maine — The best tasting in water in Maine can be found by tapping into the top of the state.

That was the finding of the Maine Rural Water Association’s 30th Annual Drinking Water Taste Test, held on Dec. 8 in Bangor. The Aroostook County city of Caribou took home the title.

Caribou won the championship by besting the other finalist, Point Sebago, in a taste off. Point Sebago won in the "non-disinfected" category, while Caribou won for the disinfected group.

In Touching Final Act, Woman Leaves Waterfront Land in Cushing to Town

Dec 12, 2016
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

CUSHING, Maine — Thelma “Terry” Dodge became owner of an empty waterfront field in Cushing on Nov. 15. The next day, she died at the age of 92.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Snow is falling throughout northern New England, with speeds reduced on snow-packed roads, crashes and spin-outs, and numerous schools canceled or delayed.

The National Weather Service forecast snow across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with up to a foot of snow forecast for parts of southern Vermont. At least several inches were on the ground in parts of the region by Monday morning. Rain was expected to mix with the snow in southern New Hampshire.

Courtesy photo

One of the giants in Maine’s conservation movement has died. Clinton “Bill” Townsend, an attorney, river advocate, environmental watchdog and lifelong fishermen, passed away at his home in Canaan this week at the age of 89.

Mike Groll / Associated Press file

By Michael Casey and Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

PETERSHAM, Mass. — The scourge of insect pests is expected to put almost two-thirds of America’s forests at risk over the next decade.

The problem is projected to cost several billion dollars every year for dead tree removal and jeopardize longstanding U.S. industries that rely on timber.

Zoe Sobel / Alaska's Energy Desk

In a windowless room at Maine Maritime Academy, Glenn Burleigh is standing calmly at the controls of a massive tanker. He is stuck, encased in a sea of ice, waiting for an icebreaker to break him free.