October 19, 2018
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Maine’s fourth nor’easter of March drops fresh snow over eastern coast

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
Snow flies in the air as a boat tied to ropes floats among dock pilings Thursday by the Ellsworth boat ramp.

The latest nor’easter to strike New England and other northeastern states gave only a glancing blow Thursday to Maine, generating an inch or so of snow in southern and midcoast areas but between 3 and 6 inches in coastal Hancock and Washington counties.

The storm’s impact was more significant in the mid-Atlantic region, where some places got more than a foot of snow and tens of thousands of people lost power. The storm passed east over the mid-Atlantic states before heading out to sea and then curving north toward Atlantic Canada.

It is the fourth nor’easter to hit the Northeast and Maine so far this month. Storms on March 8 and on March 13 and 14 had a bigger widespread impact on Maine, dumping more than a foot of snow on the state each time.

Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, the two major power providers in the state, hand only a handful of outages Thursday.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service for coastal Hancock and Washington counties expired at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Chris Norcross, a meteorologist in the weather service’s office in Caribou, said maybe an inch or two had fallen in Bangor and that north of Millinocket there had been little to no precipitation.

Above-freezing temperatures moved in behind the storm, melting off much of the new snow where only an inch or two had accumulated.

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