First snow in 3 weeks arriving today

Posted Feb. 15, 2010, at 8:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — After several weeks in which snow has fallen practically everywhere else in the U.S. except Maine and other parts of New England, the state at last will see some snow in a storm that is expected to move through the area Tuesday.

Some parts of Maine could see up to 10 inches, while other parts will not get much.

The National Weather Service in Gray said Monday that low pressure developing off the New Jersey coast late Monday night will move northeast Tuesday. A winter storm watch was in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning for parts of southern Maine, including Sanford, Berwick, Portland and Gorham. Snowfall was expected to become steadier and heavier toward afternoon and early evening, with 6 or more inches of snow expected in the area.

It will be the first snowfall in more than three weeks.

Victor Nouhan, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Monday afternoon that Aroostook County will not see much from this weather system.

“We are forecasting 2 to 4 inches,” he said. “Really not much at all.”

Nouhan said parts of Down East Maine could receive up to 8 or 9 inches. Parts of the coast could see up to 10 inches, with rain mixing in with the snow.

The Bangor area is projected to receive between 3 and 6 inches.

Maine and other New England states watched as the mid-Atlantic states, Texas, the Deep South, the Southwest and Florida’s Gulf Coast were hit by back-to-back blizzards earlier this month, while the only precipitation that has come to Maine in recent weeks has been rain. Portland had to cancel its recent Winter Rush festival because of lack of snow. In Vermont last week, a snow shortage forced the postponement of a snow sculpture contest for a second time in the town of Barre.

As of last week, 49 states were dusted with snow, with Hawaii the lone holdout.

Forecasters have said that El Nino has driven many of this year’s storms southward, and out of New England.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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