CARIBOU, Maine — Residents of northern and eastern Maine spent Christmas Eve digging out from a winter storm that dumped the most snow in the St. John Valley in Aroostook County, where Fort Kent Mills saw close to 2 feet of snow.
According to statistics provided by the National Weather Service in Caribou, the heaviest snowfall amounts were focused in a narrow band from the far northwest corner of Aroostook County southeastward to the Houlton area.
In The County, Fort Kent Mills picked up 22 inches of snow, while Freedom Acres had 18 inches. Allagash had 17.5 inches. In central Aroostook, Presque Isle had up 13.2 inches, and Mars Hill had 12 inches. In Caribou, the National Weather Service reported 11.4 inches of snow.
In southern Aroostook, Houlton and Monticello saw 11 inches. A foot of snow fell in Linneus, and Oakfield and Crystal saw 15 inches.
While Aroostook County bore the brunt of the storm, several towns in northern Penobscot County were hard hit, including Mount Chase with 17 inches and 12 inches in Patten.
Several towns in Washington County also saw double-digit accumulation. Danforth saw 12 inches and Topsfield picked up 11 inches. Six inches fell in Calais, and Baileyville had 5 inches.
Forecasters said Thursday that during the storm, which began Tuesday evening and ran into late Wednesday evening, precipitation was focused along a stationary frontal boundary, which made for a sharp dividing line between a foot of snow and just a few inches.
The forecast issued Thursday afternoon for Christmas Day was clear throughout Aroostook County. The weather will remain mostly clear through Saturday night, while a “wintry mix” of snow and sleet is expected to move into the area Sunday.