Winds to follow snowfall

Posted Jan. 29, 2010, at 8:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A fast-moving snowstorm hit the state late Thursday evening and into Friday morning, replenishing some of the snowpack that was depleted in milder weather and rain earlier this week.

Richard Norton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Aroostook County picked up the greatest amount of snow before the storm began to wind down late Friday afternoon.

“The most snow fell in the northern part of the state, and snowfall totals dropped off significantly the farther south you went,” Norton said Friday afternoon. “Larger amounts of snow were seen just across the border in New Brunswick.”

Residents in Ashland and Fort Fairfield saw the most snow from the storm, as 7 inches had fallen in those communities by late afternoon. Stockholm and Limestone saw 6 inches of snow, while 5.5 inches fell in Madawaska. Farther south in Presque Isle, 5 inches of snow was recorded.

Other parts of the state had smaller accumulations from the storm.

In Penobscot County, Patten saw just 2.5 inches, and Veazie picked up 2 inches.

In Washington County, Cherryfield picked up 3 inches, the most in that county. Ellsworth, in Hancock County, also recorded 3 inches of snow.

Even less snow fell in Piscataquis County, where 1.5 inches or less was recorded in all communities.

Norton said wind was a significant factor in the storm as intensifying low pressure moved into the region and produced strong northwest winds. A wind advisory remained in effect in much of the state through Friday evening, with wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 40 to 45 mph possible.

By late Friday afternoon, the weather service in Caribou had recorded a gust of 41 mph in the Washington County town of Topsfield. In the Hancock County town of Brooklin, a gust of 39 mph was noted. In Caribou, meteorologists recorded a gust of 33 mph.

Aroostook County police said blowing and drifting snow at times lessened visibility on the roads, especially over open and higher terrain.

The Presque Isle Police Department received a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident late Thursday evening. There were no injuries, according to police.

Sgt. Ron Curtis of the Caribou Police Department said Friday afternoon that police were “lucky” and had not received any reports of accidents.

A Pembroke woman died in a crash on slippery Route 9 in Township 28 on Friday morning.

A rollover accident on an icy roadway in Jonesboro about 7 a.m. Friday resulted in no injuries.

Forecasters said Friday that brisk west-northwest winds behind the departing storm system would bring lower temperatures and bitter wind chills into the region. A wind chill advisory was in effect for parts of Aroostook County into this morning.

Temperatures could drop to 20 to 25 below zero, according to the weather service.

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