In this article, you will get detail regarding Portlanders unfazed by dire snow forecast and blanket of March slush
PORTLAND, Maine – Despite dire weather forecasts, thick, wet snow and a two-night parking ban that was put in place before the first snowflakes even fell, downtown residents were out and about Saturday.
With the all-night parking ban also called Friday and Saturday night, drivers were reluctant to give up their parking spaces. So, city traffic was minimal. Walking, cross-country skiing, and fat-tire biking have become the default mode of transportation in Portland.
The dogs dragged their owners through the treacherous slush of the Old Port. The sledders shot down the hill at the Eastern prom, then trailed back, their sleds trailing in the howling wind.
Hand shovelers groaned with their loads, and snowblowers only managed to drop the sickening mess inches from their chutes.
It was business as usual at the Casco Bay lines ferry terminal. Deckhands threw themselves at each other as the Wabanakis returned from their run to the island. The captain could be seen through the cockpit window, lifting the heavy ship to the dock with practiced precision.
Nearby, a group of men sat under a canopy and out of the snow on benches. They nursed cups of hot coffee and a few high-gravity beers.
In the Old Port, all retail establishments were closed, but a few strong watering holes remained open and crowded.
Clockwise: Snow covers the statue of Thomas Brackett Reed along West Prom in Portland on Saturday, March 4, 2023, during a late season storm; A skier makes runs across the end of Morning Street in Portland on Saturday, March 4, 2023; A sledder climbs the hill at Portland’s Eastern Prom as a steady wind whips snow off the harbor on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
Shaun McCarthy stood in the doorway of his bar, the Dock Fore, one of the oldest establishments in the Old Port. McCarthy had just finished shoveling the brick pavers out front and breathed a sigh of relief.
“No, we never close for snow,” he said. “We were open until 8.”
McCarthy opened early so that his loyal football-watching audience could see televised matches from England. Also, one of his bartenders lives upstairs. Another lives within walking distance.
“Are you open?” asked a trio of passing women, almost in unison.
McCarthy opened the door for them.
“Of course we are,” he said. “Come in.”
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