Snow in the north, rain to the south, but no danger of floods

Posted April 24, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Despite what the calendar might say, winter is sticking around a while longer as residents from southern Piscataquis County to the St. John Valley woke to fresh snow Thursday morning.

“It looks like the snow will continue into the afternoon and start to mix over into rain,” Joe Hewitt, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Caribou said late Thursday morning. “Then we are looking at a gradual improvement.”

Snowfalls ranged from a trace in southern Piscataquis to just over four inches in the higher elevations of the St. John Valley on Wednesday morning.

Rivers statewide are currently well below flood stage and may rise a foot or so due to runoff from melting snow and rain, but not enough to create any concerns, Hewitt said.

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“We look good in terms of flooding,” he said. “There is a lot of water content in the snow that will add to stream levels, but the latest forecast indicates things will keep below flood stage.”

Temperatures will warm up Friday into Saturday with partly sunny conditions before becoming unsettled Saturday night with rain expected especially in the Down East region, Hewitt said.

Temperatures will begin to drop by Sunday down into the low to mid 40s, he said.

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