CARIBOU, Maine — Residents of much of the northern half of the state were still digging out Tuesday after the first significant storm of the season blew through Monday, dropping up to 2 feet of heavy snow, knocking out power to hundreds of homes and businesses, and causing treacherous driving conditions.
About 299 homes, mostly in the Lubec and Whiting areas of Washington County, remained without power Tuesday morning, down from a high of about 2,000 late Monday morning.
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. spokesperson Susan Faloon said progress in restoring power was slow due to the scattered nature of the outages and the extent of damage to some of the power lines. By 3 p.m. Tuesday, only 59 customers were left in the dark and she expected everyone to have power restored by the end of the day.
Pete Rahe of the National Weather Service in Caribou said Tuesday afternoon that the most snow was recorded in Kokadjo in Piscataquis County, where 2 feet of snow fell. Double-digit snowfall amounts also fell on a wide swath of communities in northern Washington, southern Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties.
Between 13 and 16 inches of snow fell on Island Falls and Crystal in Aroostook. In Penobscot County, Lincoln picked up 15 inches, while Bangor received just 5.6 inches.
The most snow in Washington County fell in Topsfield, which picked up 16.4 inches. Princeton and Wesley received 14 inches, while 12 inches fell in Cutler.
The storm also caused scores of schools to close and community and sporting events to be canceled throughout northern Maine on Monday. A number of accidents occurred with vehicles spinning and skidding off roads, but only minor injuries were reported.
In Aroostook County, snow fell for several hours in the early morning hours but changed over to rain shortly after schools and colleges canceled classes. Most students in The County had the day off, and courthouses were closed. In Caribou, only 2.8 inches of snow was recorded, with similar amounts in other central Aroostook communities.
Communities south of Mars Hill received slightly larger amounts. Houlton received 8 inches of snow, and 7 inches was recorded in Hodgdon, according to the National Weather Service.
Bangor Daily News writer Sharon Mack contributed to this report.