November 17, 2018
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Slippery roads, cancellations result from Tuesday’s surprise snow

Don Eno | SJVT/FhF
Don Eno | SJVT/FhF
Jonathan Bauch, left, and his father shovel snow from the steps and deck of the Lonesome Pine Trails lodge, Dec. 13, 2017.

Unexpected continued snowfall on Tuesday afternoon has resulted in some after-school activities being cancelled and could complicate the evening commute home for many Mainers.

In Bangor, high school basketball games and a middle school concert planned for Tuesday evening had been canceled, according to the city’s schools superintendent. In Ellsworth, all middle and elementary school basketball games were cancelled, as were basketball and cheerleading practices and the regular Yearbook Club meeting.

After-school activities also were canceled for Regional School Units 64 and 68 in Penobscot and Picataquis counties.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Caribou said Tuesday morning that more snow was expected to settle on the Bangor area by 3 p.m., contrary to earlier forecasts that predicted warm air would change any lingering precipitation from yesterday’s storm to rain.

“We lowered the high temperature for today quite a bit from yesterday,” forecaster Mal Walker said. Temperatures in the Bangor area are no longer expected to rise much above the freezing mark. If they do, there’s still a chance the snow could turn to freezing rain at any point, he said.

Drivers are urged to use caution on the roadways, which yesterday were coated with more snow than forecasters initially predicted. Temperatures are still predicted to drop below freezing around nightfall.

Just before noon, the back-end of the storm was passing through the city on the radar, indicating the snow would stop by 3 pm, Walker said.

Forecasts for the southern part of the state have stayed more consistent, with the Portland and Augusta areas only receiving “a light dusting” earlier this morning, amounting to no accumulation, according to forecasters in Gray.

The northern half of the state, which received no snow yesterday, still was expected to see between 2 and 4 inches in Aroostook, Piscataquis, and in the northern halves of Penobscot and Washington counties spread throughout the day, forecasters said.

Between 2 to 5 inches of light, fluffy snow fell yesterday along the southern half of the state, especially in the south and midcoast regions. Bangor received between 3 and 4 inches, similar to averages across Washington and Hancock Counties, according to NWS Caribou.

A surprising 3 to 5 inches blanketed Greater Portland — well more than the predicted 1 inch. Androscoggin County saw about 4 inches, and Sagadahoc County saw some of the state’s highest totals, with some pockets recording up to 6 inches. Knox and Waldo also received between 4 and 5 inches, according to NWS Gray.

Yesterday’s accumulation totals were likely higher than expected because of the snow’s low water content, making it powdery and fluffier than originally predicted, Chris Norcross of NWS Caribou said.

Watch for updates.

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