February 21, 2020
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Parts of Aroostook County hit with more than a foot of snow

David Marino Jr. | Star-Herald
David Marino Jr. | Star-Herald
A man, who declined to share his name, clears his driveway on State Street in Presque Isle on Friday, Feb. 7.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Aroostook County was hit with more than a foot of snow on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, causing school cancellations, business closures and uneasy conditions on County roads.

Timothy Duda, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Caribou, said Friday about a foot of snow had fallen across central (Presque Isle/Caribou) and northern Aroostook County (Fort Kent/Stockholm-area). The center had not received reports from Houlton or the rest of southern Aroostook County, where conditions were far less severe.

David Marino Jr. | Star-Herald
David Marino Jr. | Star-Herald
Plow drives by on Main Street in Fort Fairfield on Friday.

Duda said the forecast for different sections of Aroostook County was similar: the heaviest snowfall was expected to “diminish” around 8 or 9 p.m., though snow fell through much of the night. Snow was not nearly as severe on Saturday, with only isolated snow showers in The County.

He said the most significant hazard for residents to keep aware of was increased winds in the Aroostook County area that began Friday evening. He recommended that motorists keep off the roads unless they needed to travel.

“That’s certainly going to be a hazard tonight right into early tomorrow morning,” Duda said on Friday.

He said that while Bangor reported about 0.3 inches of ice accumulation, Aroostook County had not been hit as severely with ice.

Chris Bouchard | Aroostook Republican
Chris Bouchard | Aroostook Republican
Significant snowfall on Friday, seen here in Woodland, led to numerous closures throughout Maine and Aroostook County.

While some shops in the Presque Isle area remained open, others closed their doors because of the storm. Traffic was sparse even before the heaviest snow hit the communities late in the afternoon.

A dispatcher from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, who declined to give his name, said Friday had been a “remarkably quiet” day across Aroostook County for car crashes, likely because residents were staying off the roads. He said the only incident he had heard about was a truck getting stuck in Westfield.

Sgt. Tyler Cote of the Presque Isle Police Department said that, as of 4 p.m. Friday, the department had not responded to any car accidents since the snow began on Thursday night.

Jessica Potila | SJVT
Jessica Potila | SJVT
Cars were covered in Fort Kent as the area saw about a foot of snow on Friday.

Cote said the severe weather likely caused low traffic rates. He said there was likely more potential for crashes as traffic increased Saturday on snow-covered roads.

An officer from the Fort Kent Police Department said they had not received reports of any crashes.

Internet and cable provider Spectrum said it had outages in the Presque Isle area that technicians were attempting to remedy as of 4 p.m.

Several schools in the Presque Isle area canceled school for Friday in preparation for the storm.


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