While many Mainers begrudged not being able to spend the holiday weekend firing up the grill due to wind-driven rain, some of our neighbors spent Sunday clearing snow off their grills.
“It’s fairly unusual,” said Mike Kistner of the National Weather Service in Gray.
Perhaps unusual is an understatement, considering Kistner said the service’s co-op sites have not recorded a Memorial Day weekend snowfall since May 26, 1967.
Even St. Nick was thrown for a loop as Santa’s Village in Jefferson, N.H., had to close its gates for the day. A photo on its Facebook page showed the Yule log flume ride covered in snow with a broken tree limb across it.
According to Kistner, Jefferson received 4 inches of snow, the highest total recorded in New Hampshire, followed by Carroll with 3.
At Whiteface resort in Lake Placid, N.Y., an impressive 30 inches was recorded, and, according to Kistner, snow was still falling as of Sunday evening.
“Parts of Vermont are without power,” Kistner said, adding that Killington opened and started its lifts for a free day of skiing. Attitash and Wildcat remain open on the weekends.
Kistner was sure Maine mountains received snow; however, the only recorded amount was a trace in Livermore Falls.
Locally, Ethan Austin, communications manager for Sugarloaf U.S.A., said that although they didn’t receive any snow at the mountain base, elevations above 2,500 feet received 5 to 6 inches.
Kistner said the late snow is “definitely a freak thing. Hopefully, we don’t see it again for another 50 years.”
“The good news,” Kistner said, “is summer is finally arriving this week,” with Thursday temperatures over 80 in most areas and with some locales possibly seeing 90.