Winter storming warning: Numerous accidents reported this morning

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Numerous accidents have been reported in the towns of Wilton, Farmington, Industry, Kingfield, New Sharon, New Vineyard and Chesterville as the area’s first snow continued to fall through this morning. A week of temperatures down in the 20s combined with precipitation in the form of snow have caused slick road conditions.

At 5:30 a.m., as the county’s school superintendents decided on a one hour delay to the start of schools in MSAD 9, MSAD 58 and Jay, the reports of accidents flowed into the Franklin County dispatch center.

Several vehicles have reportedly skidded off the road, one tractor-trailer after another couldn’t make it up Burgess Hill in Wilton on Routes 2 and 4, and a rollover was reported on Route 27 in New Vineyard a little before 11 a.m.

The state’s Department of Transportation is out in full force, as are local crews, all reporting difficult driving conditions, with temperatures between 28 and 34 degrees and snow and slush-covered roads as light snow continues to fall throughout the county.  
The National Weather Service is calling for snow accumulations of between 2 and 4 inches. At 1 p.m., the snow is expected to turn to rain in most areas. Low temperatures tonight are expected around 32 degrees. One to 2 inches of rain is possible. A flood watch has been issued and a winter storm warning is in effect. 

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