Christmas storm hit midcoast, southern Penobscot County hardest

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The storm that moved through Maine on Christmas hit the area from the midcoast to southern Penobscot County the hardest, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Snow accumulations around the state ranged from less than an inch in southern Maine, the western mountains and Aroostook County to 5½ inches in Penobscot and 5 inches in Camden. More than 3 inches blanketed Bangor and 5 inches fell in Bradley, meteorologist Ken Wallingford said Monday afternoon.

Wallingford described the storm as a “clipper system” that moved from west to east and into the Gulf of Maine relatively quickly.

“It was not a big nuisance,” he said.

After sunset and before the storm ended around 11 p.m., cars were slipping and sliding on slippery roads, according to the Maine State Police.

A similar storm could move through Maine again Friday, but not before temperatures warm up Tuesday into Wednesday, Wallingford said. Rain is expected throughout the state on those days but cold air will descend overnight Wednesday into Thursday with strong gusty winds.