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Nor’easter leaves more than 100K without power, 20+ inches of snow

Posted Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 30, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A shift in the track of this winter’s first nor’easter was blanketed the Bangor area with up to 7½ inches of snow — nearly double an earlier prediction — and buffeted coastal areas of Maine with winds up to 60 mph.

As the storm quieted Friday morning, approximately 114,000 homes in Maine were without power, the majority of which in York and Cumberland County. Some areas of Maine received over 20 inches of snow, according to multiple reports.

The weather service revised early snowfall predictions, which had up to 4 inches of snow falling in Bangor by noon Friday, to an expected 5½ to 7½ inches, said Rich Norton, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Caribou.

Bangor also was forecast to have temperatures topping out at 30 degrees and wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph before the storm passes over. The 60 mph gusts were expected in coastal areas east of Bangor, Norton said.

Snow started falling in Bar Harbor and Augusta about noon. Augusta was expected to get 2 to 4 inches of snow, with Bar Harbor’s snowfall likely getting washed away by the rain expected later Thursday afternoon, Norton said.

Strong winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, were expected to come with the storm as it barreled into coastal Hancock and Washington county areas. Some utility lines were likely to be taken out by the gusts, Norton said.

Lesser gusts of 50 mph were expected in Camden and farther south, Norton said.

The snowfall was expected to peak in colder areas as the storm tracked northwest from Bangor. Baxter State Park was forecast to get as much as 20 inches of snow. Greenville was slated for around 16 inches, and other parts of northwest Somerset and Piscataquis counties were forecast to top out at 13 inches, Norton said. Millinocket was expected to see 13 inches.

Northeastern and east central Maine, including Caribou, Dover-Foxcroft, Houlton and Lincoln, were likely to get 8 to 14 inches. Snowfall accumulations were expected to taper from that in the area from Bangor to the coast, with Washington County getting anywhere from no snow to 7 inches, officials said.

The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, were expected about midnight and into early Friday.

The weather service’s winter storm warning was set to expire at 11 a.m. State emergency planners warned motorists to stay off the roads and to yield to plows and emergency vehicles.

 

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