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Third storm this week dumps about a foot of snow in southern Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
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BANGOR, Maine — Southern portions of the state were clobbered with another foot of snow on top of the 2-plus feet that fell in a blizzard earlier this week, but Bangor only got a couple of inches, according to the National Weather Service.

“Cumberland and York counties seemed to be the jackpots,” meteorologist Bob Marine of the National Weather Service Gray office said Thursday morning. “Bridgeton got 16.6 inches. Limington in York County got 16.6 inches. Areas inland got 10 to 16 inches, compared to the coast that just got a few inches — maybe 2 to 6 inches. The midcoast got 2 to 6 inches.”

About 2 to 3 feet of snow already was on the ground from the storms earlier in the week, he said.

“All the roads are snow covered, and it’s slow going,” Marine said.

Snow was still falling Thursday morning but was expected to stop by midmorning, lead meteorologist Victor Nouhan said Thursday from the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

Coastal Washington County got the brunt of the storm for central and northern Maine, he said.

“The amounts are going to run from 5 to 9 inches,” Nouhan said. “Ellsworth got 5.5 inches, Winter Harbor got 5 inches, Blue Hill got 3.8 inches and Orland got 2.8.”

Northern parts of the state only got a dusting of snow, and Bangor only saw 2 to 3 inches, Nouhan said. The agency tweeted at 9 a.m. that while Bangor has seen 62 inches of snow and Caribou has seen 96 inches so far this winter, “the snow depth at both Caribou and Bangor as of 7 a.m. this morning was is 31 inches.”

York County Sheriff William King had several suggestions for drivers.

“Watch for patches of ice and places where people have thrown snow on the roadway and be careful of the large snowbanks as you try to ‘peek out’ to see if the roadway is clear,” King suggested in an email. “Watch for cars that are not cleaned off because the snow will fly off the car and usually ends up on a vehicle behind them. These snowbanks can cause significant damage to a vehicle so be careful when parking.

“Snow conceals hazards that can also cause damage to snowblowers and vehicles, be cautious of planters, outside door mats, etc.,” the York County sheriff said.

Schools in parts of southern and coastal Maine canceled classes or delayed opening on Thursday. Schools in Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk and Machias among others canceled, and schools in Augusta and Auburn were among many that delayed opening. A number of businesses also decided to close for the day.

Central Maine Power reported 13,542 customers without power at 6 a.m. because of heavy snow. By mid-afternoon, the number had dropped to 10,346.

“These are storm related,” Gail Rice, CMP corporate communications representative, said. “Parts of southern Maine got a good amount of heavy wet snow that coated tree limbs and ‎branches and brought them into contact with lines.”

Crews are hard at work to restore power, she said.

“We expect to get most if not all back on today,” Rice said.

 


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