A storm that’s forming off the coast of New England is expected to bring just what many winter sports enthusiasts have been longing for: snow.
Chris Legrow of the National Weather Service says there will be snow, sometimes heavy, in the interior portions of Maine and New Hampshire on Thursday. He says there could be 6 to 8 inches of snow in those regions, while the coast will see lesser amounts, or rain. Vermont is expected to get 3 to 6 inches, followed by sleet or freezing rain.
Officials said Wednesday that said Maine’s snowpack is at one of its lowest levels on record for this time of year.
The forecast is welcome news for winter tourism businesses. In Maine, snowmobiling has been virtually nonexistent except in the far north.
The snow is expected to arrive before the Martin Luther King Day weekend, a big weekend for skiing and snowmobiling.
The results of Maine’s cooperative snow survey found measurable snow at only 14 out of 59 locations around the state where snow measurements were taken Jan. 3 and 4.
Maine Geological Survey geologist Robert Johnston said the snowpack’s water content is in the lowest 10 percent on record.
The survey is a collaborative effort that measures snowpack depth, density and water content around the state. The deepest snow, slightly under 12 inches, was found near St. Pamphile in northwestern Aroostook County.