First snowfall brings 6 inches to northern Maine

Posted Oct. 22, 2008, at 3:14 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine – Pumpkins and scarecrows were splattered with patches of white in many parts of the St. John Valley when residents woke up Wednesday morning. Up to six inches of snow fell in some parts of the region overnight and into the morning hours.

The higher the elevation, the more snow was received, according to Mal Walker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Caribou.

“The highest amounts of snow were in the extreme northwestern part of the state,” he said Wednesday, pointing out that Estcourt and Freedom Acres near Fort Kent both received 6 inches of snow. “Anywhere from three to six inches fell in those areas.”

Lesser amounts were recorded in Fort Kent and St. Francis, where 4 inches of snow fell. Saint Agatha received 3.5 inches, while 3 inches was recorded in Allagash, Clayton Lake, Castle Hill and Lille.

Trace amounts of snow were reported in the Caribou area, said Walker.

Other areas in southern Aroostook received mostly scattered snow showers and rain.

The NWS had issued a snow advisory earlier in the week telling Aroostook County residents to expect 2 to 4 inches.

“These snowfall amounts were pretty much in line with what we expected,” Walker said Wednesday.

It is expected to be mostly clear in the region through the west of the week, although scattered showers could occur in some areas.


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