As one storm winds down, another brews

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 29, 2015, at 7:46 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — It’s not over yet.

Just as a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the state was winding down Friday forecasters were predicting another 10 to 18 inches over the weekend for eastern and coastal Maine.

A winter storm watch issued Friday warned of heavy snow and strong winds Saturday evening into Sunday, with the heaviest snowfall predicted for Hancock and Washington counties.

Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were forecast for Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night for the southern coast of Maine, with higher amounts possible for the midcoast area, according to the National Weather Service.

Aroostook, Oxford and Franklin counties reported the most snow in the latest storm, with Sherman recording 15 inches by about noon Friday, and Greenwood and Farmington had 14 inches each.

Snowfall in Aroostook was not expected to end until Friday night with another 2-3 inches possible.

Unofficial snowfall totals were reported at 5:29 p.m. by weather observers for the following locations: Abbot, 10 inches; Bangor, 6 inches; Castine, 4.5 inches; Deer Isle, 5 inches; Dixmont 11.5 inches; Dover-Foxcroft, 8 to 9 inches; Eastport, 6 inches; Millinocket, 8 inches; and Perry, 4 inches.

Air traffic out of Bangor International Airport was running smoothly Friday, with only one arriving flight from Philadelphia canceled and all departures taking place as scheduled.

Portland International Jetport, however, reported numerous cancellations and delays.

While some air travelers faced disruptions, outdoor enthusiasts were thrilled.

In Jackman, Bishop’s Store welcomed a steady stream of snowmobilers lining up for gas and breakfast sandwiches.

“This storm couldn’t have come at a better time,” said owner Lorraine Levesque.

The $350 million dollar snowmobile industry, which also does its part to fill hotel beds and restaurants, desperately needed the snow in a winter marked by freeze-thaw cycles in January and more rain than snow.

“This is as good as it gets before the vacation week,” said Bob Meyers, spokesman for the Maine Snowmobile Association.

Writer Barbara Goldberg of Reuters contributed to this report.