May 24, 2020
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Heavy snowfall expected to hit northern Maine on Thursday

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A motorist travels up a hill following an early spring snowstorm that dumped several inches of heavy, wet snow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Some areas of northern Maine might get almost 1½ feet of snow and high winds starting at mid-afternoon on Thursday as a winter storm – perhaps the season’s last – blows through.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from Penobscot Valley and Maine’s central highlands to the Canadian border for the storm. It is expected to dump the most snow, 17 inches, from Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln and Topsfield, according to a forecast on the service website.

The advisory includes warnings that from the storm’s beginning, at about 2 p.m. on Thursday, road conditions will get treacherous and make driving hazardous. Southeastern Aroostook County and central to northern Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties will be hardest hit, with Northern Washington and southern Piscataquis counties also seeing at least eight inches of snow before the storm passes at about 6 p.m. on Friday, according to the advisory.

Southern Maine will start to see some precipitation on Thursday morning as the storm makes its way north from the Gulf of Maine and New Hampshire. Southern Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties should start seeing a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet, according to the weather service office in Gray, which issued a 24-hour hazardous weather warning from 10 a.m. Thursday to that hour on Friday.

 


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