MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials are warning residents in parts of northern New England to be prepared for a possible ice storm.

The National Weather Service said there was the possibility of ice accumulation of a half-inch or more on Saturday night through Sunday— enough to make travel difficult and cause widespread power outages.

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Vermont’s Green Mountain Power is preparing for the possibility of a significant ice storm.

The areas expected to be hit the hardest in Vermont are the northwestern part of the state and the Champlain Valley.

A National Weather Service forecaster in Gray, Maine, says the biggest threat of icing was expected Saturday night through Sunday evening with heavy bands of precipitation from North Conway and the Mount Washington Valley region in New Hampshire across Maine through Fryeburg, Lewiston-Auburn and Augusta.

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