December 03, 2019
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Winter storm could dump up to 9 inches of snow over Bangor

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Sara Clark walks with her dog Calvin, a hound mix, in the fresh snow in Bangor in this March 4, 2019, file photo. “He loves the snow. He is having a great time,” she said.

Another winter storm is forecast to hit the state Monday night into Tuesday with significant snowfall.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the state from Portland to Caribou from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, portions of the western mountains and the Down East coast have been placed under a winter weather advisory through 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Heavy snow is expected across much of central, eastern and northern Maine. Greater Bangor could see up to 9 inches of fresh snow from this latest storm, according to the weather service office in Caribou. Snowfall is expected to begin around 11 p.m. Monday.

That mirrors forecast accumulation for central and northern Penobscot County and eastern Aroostook County, with up to 10 inches of snow expected in Lincoln, Millinocket, Houlton and Caribou, according to the weather service.

Snowfall will lessen toward the Canadian border, where up to 8 inches and 7 inches are forecast for Madawaska and Fort Kent, respectively, and northwest of Bangor, where up to 7 inches are forecast for Greenville and 4 inches near Clayton Lake, according to the weather service.

Coastal Hancock and Washington County will be spared the brunt of the snow accumulation, but up to a quarter inch of sleet and freezing rain is expected from Bar Harbor to Eastport, the weather service reports. Lesser amounts of sleet and freezing rain are expected inland toward Bangor.

A weather service advisory warned that the significant snowfall, sleet and ice could create “extremely dangerous” road conditions.

“Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes,” the advisory read.

A parking ban will be in effect downtown from 11 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the city of Bangor. That will mark the start of a citywide overnight on-street parking ban. The city said there will be no on-street parking allowed from midnight to 6 a.m.

Parking bans have been put in place Monday evening into Tuesday across the state, including in Biddeford, Brunswick, Falmouth, Kennebunkport, Lewiston, Lisbon, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough and Windham.

Emera Maine said Monday that it was deploying additional crews in preparation for the storm, coming days after a Thanksgiving storm left thousands without power.

“With the potential for wet, heavy snow overnight and through Tuesday, we’re arranging for extra staffing beginning tonight,” said Stan Hartin, Emera Maine’s storm manager. “While we’ll be working to safely address any outages as quickly as possible, we also ask our customers to help themselves stay safe by planning for the storm. Make sure you have a supply of fresh water, nonperishable food, batteries and flashlights. Be mindful of travel advisories and always follow manufacturer guidelines when using a generator.”

The storm comes on the heels of a round of snow caused by a complex low-pressure system moving out of the Midwest and Great Lakes that hit parts of Maine and New Hampshire late Sunday.

That round of snow dumped up to 2 inches across Androscoggin, Cumberland and Oxford counties, according to the weather service office in Gray. Snowfall piled higher across York County, where 9 inches fell in York, 5.5 inches in Kennebunk and more than 7 inches near Ogunquit, and in southern New Hampshire, where some counties saw more than a foot of snow, the weather service reports.

Related: This is Maine, it’s going to snow

 



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