A storm system on Saturday brought heavy rain to the Northeast and heavy snow to parts of New England and Northern New York, leaving more than 260,000 customers in several states without electricity.

About 163,000 customers in Maine, more than 47,000 customers in New Hampshire and more than 55,000 in New York State were without power as of late Sunday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks power failures.

Central Maine Power said in a statement that it anticipated a “multiday restoration effort” in the areas hardest hit by the storm.

It was difficult to access many of the damaged sites because of poor road conditions and fallen trees, said Jon Breed, a company spokesman.

The company hoped to restore power to most people by Tuesday evening but it might take until Wednesday for those in rural areas or places with lots of damage, Mr. Breed said.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency opened 14 warming centers throughout the state for those who lost power.

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