HOULTON, Maine — A blast of snow is moving across northern New England on Sunday as the temperature rises, offering relief from bitter cold.
In northern Maine, residents awoke to extreme cold once again Sunday with a low of minus 29 in Caribou and Presque Isle. But by day’s end the temperature is expected to squeak above zero for the first time in three days in that part of the state.
Josh Stewart said Saturday he was glad this week was over.
“I heard that the cold is going with it, so I’m happy,” he said while shopping in downtown Houlton.
The Houlton resident said that he had to “have his truck boosted three days in a row,” after The County and much of the state was bombarded with below zero temperatures for most of the week.
When asked on Sunday if the cold snap was over, Mark Bloomer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Caribou, said, “In a word, ‘yes.’ Even the northernmost areas of the state areas of the state will see temperatures above zero this afternoon.”
The cold lingered on Saturday, especially in the St. John Valley, though it was warmer than it had been than in past mornings.
Allagash was the coldest spot with temperatures of 39 degrees below zero. Big Black River, which recorded an unofficial temperature of minus 50 on Friday morning, was minus 33 Saturday.
It was 37 below in Fort Kent, 23 below in Houlton, and 30 below in Caribou on Saturday.
In Hancock County, it was decidedly warmer Saturday with a temperature of 10 degrees recorded in Acadia National Park.
It was zero degrees in Bangor in Penobscot County while it was minus 20 in Shin Pond.
In Piscataquis County, it was 28 below in Guilford and a high of 3 below was recorded in Greenville.
In Washington County, Danforth saw a low of minus 18 while it was 9 degrees in Eastport on Saturday.
By Sunday morning, snow had moved into the state, and a winter storm warning was in effect for much of Maine.
Bangor was expected to see 12 to 13 inches of snow, while 5 to 6 inches were expected to fall in the St. John Valley in Aroostook County.
Steve Capriola of the NWs said that overall temperatures will moderate over the coming week, but said temperatures will remain below normal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report