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Annual precipitation record set in Caribou

A shriveled oak leaf, one of the last vestiges of fall, meets it winter fate with Friday morning's fresh snowfall in Bangor.
A shriveled oak leaf, one of the last vestiges of fall, meets it winter fate with Friday morning's fresh snowfall in Bangor.
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Tracy King didn't let Friday morning's fresh snowfall slow her down as she finished up her six-mile 5 a.m. run along Essex Street in Bangor. She said she was happy to be out in the fresh snow as Thursday's black ice prevented her from venturing out. &quotIt's nice and squishy," she added. For most of her route she said she was joined  by her gal pals Julie Quinn, Amy Harrow and Jen Ruhlin.
Tracy King didn't let Friday morning's fresh snowfall slow her down as she finished up her six-mile 5 a.m. run along Essex Street in Bangor. She said she was happy to be out in the fresh snow as Thursday's black ice prevented her from venturing out. "It's nice and squishy," she added. For most of her route she said she was joined by her gal pals Julie Quinn, Amy Harrow and Jen Ruhlin.
Pre-dawn traffic moves slowly but steadily on I-95 during Friday morning's fresh snowfall in Bangor. Northward view from Bangor's Essex Street overpass.
Pre-dawn traffic moves slowly but steadily on I-95 during Friday morning's fresh snowfall in Bangor. Northward view from Bangor's Essex Street overpass.
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A Bangor Public Works plow is nearly obscured by the white stuff as it travels Essex Street in Bangor before daybreak Friday.
A Bangor Public Works plow is nearly obscured by the white stuff as it travels Essex Street in Bangor before daybreak Friday.
Posted Dec. 23, 2011, at 7:51 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Mainers hoping for a white Christmas were greeted with light snow Friday morning that made roadways slick and led to several mostly minor accidents across the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Caribou expected the most accumulation for parts of Hancock and Washington counties with a storm total of 4 to 7 inches possible by 10 p.m.

The rest of the state was expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow before tapering off in the afternoon.

The weather service also issued a press release announcing that freezing rain this week in northern Maine helped set an all-time annual precipitation record in Caribou. The old record of 54.25 inches, which was set in 2005, was surpassed this week with precipitation measuring 54.32 inches as of Thursday afternoon.

Meteorologists attributed the feat to the wettest summer on record for Caribou, which also set monthly records in June and July.

Records in Caribou date to 1939.

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