January 26, 2020
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Winter storm brings blanket of snow to Maine

BANGOR, Maine — As predicted, a winter storm that arrived on Tuesday morning and was expected to linger into Wednesday delivered more than half a foot of new snow in many locations — chief among them the Piscataquis County town of Abbot and Carrabassett Valley in Franklin County, where 10 inches had fallen as of early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

With hours to go before the storm was expected to move out of the region, other spots that saw heavy snow included Greenbush, which received 8.8 inches of snow as of 6 p.m., and Blanchard, which had 8 inches by 7 p.m.

Also by Tuesday evening, Wesley, Glenburn, Dedham, Grand Lake Stream and East Machias received at least 7 inches; Bangor, Millinocket, Cooper, Roque Bluffs, Hancock and East Surry each had 6 inches or more, the weather service’s Caribou office reported.

Tony Mignone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Tuesday morning that about 3 inches of snow had fallen in Bangor as of 11 a.m. He said residents should expect another 7 inches to fall before the storm rolls out overnight.

North of Bangor, the snow was expected to be heavier, with 12-15 inches predicted through Greenville, Millinocket and the northern part of Washington County. Farther north, in the St. John Valley area, projected totals dwindled to 7 or 8 inches, according to Mignone.

That appeared to be holding true Tuesday night, with Fort Kent and Lille at 5 inches and nearly as much piling up in Madawaska, Houlton, Portage and Caribou.

Meanwhile, Portland, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gorham, Sebego, Falmouth, Farmington, Rumford, Jackman, Biddeford and Saco were reporting accumulations of half of foot or more of snow, the weather service’s Gray office said Tuesday evening in a public information statement.

In addition to the Carrabassett Valley, the snow lottery winners in the Gray office’s coverage area were Eustis and Winterport, which reported 9 and 8 inches, respectively.

A winter storm warning was issued across most of the state, with a winter weather advisory in place for midcoast and southern Maine. The watch was due to expire at midnight but the warning was in effect through early Wednesday morning.

Police agencies across the state urged drivers to use caution, but reports of slide-offs on slick roads were widespread.

Power outages were not widespread. As of 6:30 p.m., Emera Maine reported only one customer without power, while Central Maine Power had fewer than 60 outages.

Cancellations and delays piled up throughout the morning at Maine’s airports as the snow fell. Bangor International Airport saw an early afternoon arrival from Washington and departure to Philadelphia canceled, and there were weather-related delays for both inbound and outbound flights.

Only one flight was expected to be late on Monday night, that being an American Airlines flight coming in from Philadelphia. That flight was expected to arrive about 45 minutes past its 11:33 p.m. scheduled landing time.

Portland International Jetport canceled some morning arrivals from New Jersey and Philadelphia, and more will be late getting there. At least six flights out of Portland were canceled by 11 a.m., including several in the afternoon. By late afternoon, however, it was back to business as usual.

Officials in Bangor issued a downtown parking ban Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Any vehicles parked on downtown streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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