Strong winds, large amounts of snow hit Maine again

Partly framed by bowed trees still heavy with ice, a truck plows snow from a street in a Machias neighborhood during a snowstorm on Dec. 26, 2013. Another storm is expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to southern and central Maine late today into early Sunday.
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Partly framed by bowed trees still heavy with ice, a truck plows snow from a street in a Machias neighborhood during a snowstorm on Dec. 26, 2013. Another storm is expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to southern and central Maine late today into early Sunday. Buy Photo
Posted Feb. 15, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 16, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Mainers dug out Sunday from the second major winter storm of the week, after it dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on some Down East areas.

The strong winds and blowing snow made weekend traveling hazardous for motorists, but police reported few accidents.

Mark Bloomer, meteorologist at the NWS in Caribou, said late Sunday afternoon that Washington County was the hardest hit by the storm. Princeton saw 20 inches of snow by 2:30 p.m. Sunday, while Harrington picked up 17 inches.

In Hancock County, Ellsworth received 12 inches of snow and Southwest Harbor picked up 17.7 inches. In Penobscot County, Bangor recorded 4.5 inches, Orrington picked up 6.5 inches and Millinocket received 2.5 inches.

Aroostook County, which was supposed to receive double digit snowfall amounts, did not get the expected amounts, according to figures provided by the NWS. Four inches had fallen in Houlton by 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with 3 inches in Madawaska and Fort Kent, and 3.5 inches in Van Buren, said Bloomer. Limestone and Presque Isle both saw 6 inches, while Caribou received 5.6 inches.

“Down East was hit the hardest like we expected, but the snow tapered in other areas so that they did not pick up as much,” Bloomer explained. East Machias reported 16 inches, Cherryfield had 15 inches and Whiting had 11.5 inches.

Blowing and drifting snow will remain a problem through this evening, “especially in open areas,” said Bloomer.

The latest weather event comes on the heels of a Valentine’s Day storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the state, according to figures provided by the NWS in Caribou.

In southern Maine, the storm was mild only dropping 2.3 inches in Lewiston, 3.8 inches in Freeport and 3 inches in Waterville, according to the National Weather Service in Gray. Augusta recorded 2 inches and 3 inches fell in Saco.

Jessica Harris of Caribou said Sunday that the Valentine’s Day storm ruined plans for dinner with a group of friends and also quashed plans that she had to go snowboarding in Mars Hill with her sisters.

“The wind is what is really brutal,” she said. “People keep saying the visibility on the roads is terrible. Around this time of year I keep thinking to myself that once March gets here, it means that there is only one more month until its April, and that is the time you really start to hear people saying ‘think spring.’”

The next chance of snow comes Tuesday.

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