May 23, 2018
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Northern Maine sees coldest temperatures

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Jason McEwen admitted that he was tempted to leave his truck running, with the heater going full blast, when he ran into Marden’s in Houlton.

“It has been quite a morning,” the Presque Isle resident said. “I had to call a friend to boost my truck and then it felt like it took the whole ride down for the cab to warm up. I hate to shut my vehicle off, but I will. I know it is Maine in January, but these temperatures get old really quickly.”

Beth Stewart of Houlton, who was headed into a nearby grocery store, agreed.

“This is my day off, and it just killed me to leave the house,” she said Thursday afternoon. “But I had to get some groceries, so it was kind of a necessity.”

Even though Houlton was one of the warmer spots in Aroostook County Thursday, it still felt bitterly cold to those who had to venture outside for any sort of activity.

Ken Wallingford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Caribou, said that southern Aroostook fared relatively well temperature wise, compared to other parts of The County.

The coldest temperature in the state, 38 below zero, was recorded in Big Black River and at Nine Mile Bridge, according to Wallingford.

Those living in Allagash and Lille woke up to temperature of minus 33, while it was minus 31 in Clayton Lake.

The cold temperature permeated throughout the St. John Valley, with Madawaska seeing a temperature of minus 29, while it was minus 20 in Frenchville.

In central Aroostook, a temperature of minus 17 was recorded in Caribou and Presque Isle, while it was minus 12 in Houlton.

Temperatures fell low enough that Big Rock Ski area in Mars Hill decided to close Thursday and Friday.

In Millinocket, it was minus 9, while temperatures of 10 below zero were charted in Bangor. It was 15 below in Old Town, according to the NWS.

In Piscataquis County, Dover-Foxcroft residents saw temperatures of minus 14, while it was minus 13 in Greenville.

Along the coast, Eastport saw a temperature of 3 below zero, while it was 9 below in Cherryfield.

But colder temperatures likely are on the way, Wallingford said Thursday.

“We could potentially see even colder temperatures on Friday and Saturday, and it isn’t expected to climb above zero until Sunday in northern Maine,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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