January 25, 2020
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Ice storm warning lifted as temperatures refuse to fall

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Berries on a tree are covered with ice at the Houlton Higher Education Center in Houlton in March 2, 2016, file photo.

An ice storm warning that sent Mainers in central, coastal and Down East Maine scurrying to stores for supplies Saturday and canceled worship services Sunday was lifted by the National Weather Service shortly after 10 a.m.

A winter weather advisory that predicted sleet and freezing rain had been lifted by 4 p.m. Sunday for those regions.

The next snowstorm was expected Saturday but details were not expected to be available until later in the week.

As of 8 a.m., snow, sleet and ice were falling primarily north of a line running from Dexter to Calais, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

Heavy rain fell on the Bangor area in the early morning but let up around sunrise as the temperature hovered around 36 degrees Fahrenheit. By noon, the temperature had dropped just 2 degrees as showers fell on the Queen City.

An Oregon man rolled his 2019 Nissan sports utility vehicle in Hampden about 1 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 when the road froze, according to Maine State Police Trooper Thomas Fiske.

The 70 mph speed limit on Interstate 95 remained lowered to 45 mph north of Old Town at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

By Sunday, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power reported a little more than 300 outages across their service areas, down from a high of about 3,000. Power was scheduled to be restored to most customers by evening.

Between 4 and 5 inches of snow fell overnight in northern Aroostook County, with a total of 10 inches predicted for this storm, the weather service said. In Caribou, precipitation cycled between snow and sleet overnight and into the morning,

Rain fell over southern Maine overnight after the temperature in Portland hit 63 degrees Saturday as the sun was setting, breaking the old record of 54 degrees set in 2017. In Bangor, the temperature hit 55 degrees, 3 degrees above the record high set in 1983.

Temperatures overnight were expected to plummet to single digits in the far north to double digits in the south.

Officials warned drivers to be on the alert for black ice.



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