June 20, 2018
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Storm a lion in some spots, a lamb in others

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — Although the blizzard that led to accidents, power outages and the shutdown of state offices and many stores and businesses on Monday moved out of the state by late evening, powerful wind gusts continued to cause problems for motorists Tuesday.

Some areas saw up to 18 inches of snow, but it wasn’t a blizzard in places such as Lille in Aroostook County, where just 2 inches of snow were on the ground Tuesday.

Rich Norton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Tuesday afternoon that moderate winds of 10 and 15 mph would continue throughout the day Wednesday.

Updated unofficial snowfall totals from the NWS showed that Alexander, in Washington County, recorded the most snow, at 18.8 inches. Baileyville picked up 15 inches.

In Piscataquis County, the most snow fell in Milo, which saw 13.2 inches. Kokadjo picked up 12 inches.

Six inches fell in St. Aurelie and St. Juste in Somerset County. In Penobscot County, Orono had 15 inches while Levant had 13 inches. Millinocket picked up 6 inches.

Ellsworth and Lamoine in Hancock County received 14 inches.

In Aroostook County, the most snow, 12.3 inches, fell in Stockholm. Island Falls picked up 12 inches and Houlton had 11 inches. Littleton received 7.1 inches, and the least snow, 2 inches, fell in St. Pamphile and Lille.

Several scattered reports of power outages were received Monday, mostly from the wind. In Limestone, residents were without power for more than an hour after a tree fell onto a power line.

Norton said the winds would die down slowly Tuesday night into Wednesday, with occasional scattered flurries that would not lead to significant accumulation.

Wind gusts continued to cause problems for motorists, decreasing visibility and causing drifting on roadways.

The highest wind gust occurred in Topsfield in Washington County, where a gust of 57 mph was recorded just after 10 p.m. Monday.

Gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Patten and East Sangerville.

A 47 mph gust was measured in Ellsworth.

No accidents were reported in Aroostook County.

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