A winter storm bringing a fresh round of snow to parts of Maine on Thursday will be followed by gusty winds that will create “dangerous” wind chills as the workweek winds down.
A winter weather advisory was in place Thursday for much of Down East, eastern, central and western Maine on Thursday morning, while a winter storm warning was in effect for parts of southern Maine from Portland to Lewiston, according to the National Weather Service.
Here’s the latest on today’s storm…as of 5 AM January 16th. pic.twitter.com/zxGJNOzBOE
— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) January 16, 2020
In Belfast, where snow fell heavily for most of the day, officials blamed slippery road conditions and speed for an accident that caused power to go out in parts of the city. A tractor-trailer hauling road salt went off Route 3 at about 11:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Matt Cook of the Belfast Police Department. The truck rolled over three times, taking out two utility poles near the Belfast Curling Club, and the driver, whose name he did not know, suffered injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
“It was snowy and slippery out. He was just driving a very large, very heavy truck, too fast for the conditions,” Cook said. “He’s seriously lucky to be alive.”
The crash caused the busy road to be closed for a short period and led to a power outage that lasted at least a couple of hours, according to police.
The storm hit the hardest along the southern Maine coast, where 6 inches fell in Cumberland, while 4.5 inches of snow fell in Brunswick, according to CBS 13.
Moving up the coast, the snowfall lessened, with 4 inches falling in Bar Harbor, 1 inch in Machias and 2.5 in Eastport, according to the weather service’s Caribou office.
Snowfall was also heavier in parts of central Maine, where Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta and Waterville saw 5 inches.
Here’s the latest snowfall forecast for today’s storm. Coastal Hancock County will receive the most snow.
Blowing snow will create hazardous travel in Aroostook County tonight into Friday morning.
Wind chills will be dangerously cold late tonight into Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/mxVvZ8B0UF
— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) January 16, 2020
Greater Bangor saw less snow than initially forecast, with 2 inches falling, according to the weather service’s Caribou office. That’s down from 3 to 7 inches forecast on Tuesday.
That snowfall continued to lessen moving north, where 1 inch fell in Greenville, Millinocket and Lincoln. Less than an inch fell from Houlton north to the Canadian border, the weather service reports.
The storm led to widespread government and school closures, including those in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Falmouth, Lewiston and elsewhere.
Thursday’s snow will be followed by high winds into Friday that could at times create “dangerous wind chills” and lead to blowing and drifting snow, a weather service advisory reads.
In Greater Bangor, the winds will blow 18 to 21 mph and gust up to 38 mph, driving temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, according to the weather service’s Caribou office.
On the coast, Bar Harbor will see temperatures dip as low as minus 15 degrees as winds blow at a sustained 22 to 24 mph and gust up to 44 mph, the weather service reports.
Temperatures will likely dip the lowest in Aroostook County, where gusts up to 31 mph in Madawaska and 41 mph in Caribou are expected to create wind chills of minus 36 and minus 30 degrees, according to the weather service.
BDN writers Ali Tobey and Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.