Bangor doubles snow total in Caribou

Traffic along Interstate 95 northbound near the Ohio Street in Bangor slows to a crawl as several cars spun out on the slippery surface on Thursday morning.
Traffic along Interstate 95 northbound near the Ohio Street in Bangor slows to a crawl as several cars spun out on the slippery surface on Thursday morning.
Posted Feb. 03, 2011, at 11 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The latest storm to hit the state once again dusted much of central and northern Aroostook County but struck hard in central and southern Maine, a pattern that has resulted in below-average snowfall amounts in northern Maine but above-average amounts for other parts of the state.

Meteorologist Timothy Duda of the National Weather Service in Caribou said Thursday that forecasters are tracking another storm system that could hit Down East Maine this weekend. Duda said that it doesn’t look like a huge storm at this point, but it does have the potential for some accumulation Saturday.

Meanwhile, Duda said that as of Thursday, Caribou had received 34.6 inches of snow since Dec. 1. That is more than 19 inches below the average amount of 53.8 inches for this time of year.

That differs significantly from the Bangor area that has seen 68.6 inches of snow since Dec. 1, about 34 inches more than normal, according to Duda. Wednesday’s storm alone dumped 12.2 inches on Bangor.

The lack of snow in The County has come about because of how storms have tracked into the region, according to the weather service. Last month, there was little snow on the ground in most parts of The County, but snowstorms became more vigorous, at least in southern Aroostook, after Christmas. Still, the paths of the storms have carried them out of the region before they have had much of an effect on the normally snow-blanketed St. John Valley.

Duda said that the southern Aroostook town of Sherman had the most snow, 14 inches, from Tuesday’s storm. Houlton picked up 12 inches, and Presque Isle picked up 4.3 inches. Caribou received just 2.6 inches. Fort Kent got 1 inch.

The Penobscot County communities of Orono and Lincoln recorded 11.3 inches and 6.5 inches respectively.

In Hancock County, Ellsworth had 10 inches, 3.6 inches less than what fell in Southwest Harbor, which was the most heavily affected by the storm.

In Piscataquis County, Greenville got 12 inches and Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford each received 8.5 inches.

Jackman, in Somerset County, picked up 8 inches.

In Washington County, East Machias got 13 inches, while Eastport got 11 inches. Topsfield picked up 7.9 inches.

Portland received just over 8 inches from the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Gray.

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