Winter storm leads to low temperatures

15 years ago
By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — High winds, low temperatures and enough snow to cause drivers grief — the trifecta of nasty weather led to numerous distressed vehicles on Tuesday.     According to Mike Cantin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Caribou, the amount of snowfall deposited by the system varied across the county; Sherman received a maximum of 4.5 inches while other locations, such as Van Buren, received only .5 inches of snow.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, high winds that gusted up to 38 miles per hour picked up the freshly-fallen snow and caused visibility issues for drivers.
    In conjunction with the snow and high winds, it was estimated that temperatures last night would reach minus 8 degrees — negative 25 including the wind chill. Today’s high temperature is only expected to reach 7 degrees.
    Though the week has had a cold and wet start, it doesn’t seem to be holding a promising finish.
    Cantin stated that it looks like a high impact snow and possibly a wind event seems to be lining up for the weekend.
    “People traveling or celebrating New Year’s Eve should be prepared for a potentially major weather system,” he said.
    “If it’s at all possible, it’s best to stay home during a big storm,” said Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan.