Storm that wallops state only grazes The County

Posted Jan. 13, 2011, at 10:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:38 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Although a winter storm brought significant snow to much of the state Wednesday, Aroostook County once again dodged the brunt of the snowfall and patches of green remain visible in many parts of the region.

The blizzard that moved through the state was a combination of two storms from the South and the MidwestF that walloped much of the Northeast. As much as 18 inches of snow fell on the southern part of the state.

The storm was accompanied by strong wind gusts that also caused power outages.

Utility crews were still restoring electricity Thursday to several hundred homes and businesses that remained in the dark a day after the powerful winter storm.

At the peak, about 7,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. As of Thursday afternoon, Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Central Maine Power Co. were restoring service to about 400 customers still in the dark.

The National Weather Service says Sanford received 18 inches in Wednesday’s storm, while Richmond came in at 17.5 inches. Brunswick, Lisbon, Bridgton, Bath and Standish all received about 16 inches.

In Washington and Hancock counties, 14 inches fell in Columbia Falls and 14.5 inches in Surry.

In Penobscot County, the most snow fell in Greenfield, where 13 inches was measured on the ground. Bangor picked up 10.4 inches. Millinocket received only 3 inches.

Wellington in Piscataquis County saw 11 inches, and Kokadjo received 10 inches. Dover Foxcroft and Greenville both picked up about 5 inches.

In Aroostook County, the most snow — 4.5 inches — fell on Orient. Island Falls got 4 inches and Dyer Brook got 3 inches. Houlton saw 2 inches, and Caribou only 1.6 inches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.