September 18, 2019
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Storm dumps nearly a foot of snow in northern Maine

CARIBOU, Maine — A winter storm Tuesday dropped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of Aroostook County, according to the the National Weather Service’s Caribou office.

As of 7:30 p.m., Weston had received 11 inches of new snow, meteorologist Francis Kredensor said. Meanwhile, places that received 8 inches or more included Danforth, which saw 9 inches, and Grand Isle, while Lille, Caribou, Sherman and Fort Fairfield as well as Shin Pond in Aroostook County and Topsfield in Washington County had 6 inches, according to a public information statement based on spotter reports.

The combination of snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds interrupted electrical power to Emera Maine customers throughout much of the day. As of 7 p.m., more than 1,100 customers — nearly 980 of those in northern Penobscot County — were without service, spokesman Bob Potts said in a system status update.

Within less than an hour, the outage picture had changed somewhat, with roughly 613 customers without power, nearly 400 of those in Alton, Bar Harbor, LaGrange and Orneville Township, according to the company’s live online outage and restoration map.

Power to those areas was expected to be restored by 9:30 p.m.

Central Maine Power reported no outages on Tuesday night.

Kredensor said that snowfall was tapering off in the Houlton area and that Wednesday should bring dry weather to the region.

“It’ll be a nice breather,” he said.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the St. John Valley and central Aroostook County, according to the weather service’s Caribou office, with between 8 and 12 inches expected in northern Aroostook County. Southern portions of the county were expected to receive between 3 and 8 inches.

Blowing snow and icing conditions resulted in hazardous driving conditions during the day.

Southern portions of Penobscot County and most of Piscataquis and Washington counties escaped the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals for most communities leveling off at 4 inches or fewer.

State police in Augusta said Tuesday that three vehicles slid off Interstate 95 between Newport and Pittsfield, but no serious injuries were reported. The University of Maine’s police department also reported several crashes in the Old Town and Orono areas.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.


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