A major winter storm that blew into Maine overnight Sunday started off strong but brought less snow than anticipated after it turned into sleet mid-morning.
Originally forecast to bring 18 to 24 inches to Greater Bangor, the storm, as of 10:40 p.m., dropped 8.4 inches of snow over the area. Snow changed to sleet over Greater Bangor before noon Sunday — with periodic bouts of fine, powdery snow following — and holding down snow accumulation, the bulk of which fell by early Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.
Elsewhere in eastern and central Maine, higher totals were reported, with 9.1 inches in Millinocket, 12 inches in Brownsville Junction, 8.4 inches in East Surry, 6 inches in Bar Harbor, 10.2 inches in East Machias and 7.8 inches in Eastport, according to the weather service office in Caribou.
Major winter storm expected to bring heavy snow all day today into tonight, with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain Downeast. Snow will gradually taper off tonight into Monday but blowing and drifting will persist over central and northern areas. #mewx pic.twitter.com/9mMzRVBkRl
— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) January 20, 2019
Up in The County, snow by nightfall began to pile up, with 16 inches in Presque Isle, 10 inches in Mars Hill and 14.8 inches in Caribou, according to the weather service. The weather service was forecasting the heaviest snowfall in Piscataquis, northern Penobscot and Aroostook counties, where 18 to 20 inches were expected to fall over the region by the end of the day.
Along the Down East coast from Bar Harbor to Eastport snow was followed by 1 to 2 inches of sleet and up to a half inch of freezing rain on Sunday afternoon.
That icy precipitation paired with winds blowing about 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph posed a “significant problem,” Mal Walker, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Caribou, said Sunday morning, and increased the likelihood of power outages along the coast.
Neither Emera Maine nor Central Maine Power reported significant outages.