Parts of Aroostook could see half foot or more of snow

6 years ago

Residents of northern Maine could see a half foot or more of snow by early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists with the NWS issued a winter weather warning in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday calling for 4 to 7 inches of snow for Aroostook, Piscataquis, and northern Penobscot counties. Some areas of the St. John Valley might even see 10 inches.

A slick roadway caused this vehicle to go off the Conant Road in Presque Isle Tuesday morning.
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Total accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are forecast in northern Somerset County.

The NWS cautions motorists to expect difficult travel conditions with reduced visibility at times.

Southern Penobscot, including Bangor, and the rest of the state will see little or no snow accumulation.

The latest snow comes on the heels of a one-two weather punch over the weekend when a small storm dumped 2-4 inches across northern Maine Saturday, followed by high winds that brought trees and limbs down on power lines Saturday night into Sunday, knocking out power to nearly 3,000 Emera Maine customers.

About 2 inches fell in Fort Kent and Madawaska, 3.2 inches in the Caribou and Presque Isle area, and 6 inches in the Patten region before the snow ended late Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The official start of winter might not be until late December, but northern Maine has already seen significant snowfall come to the region. On Oct. 24, 10 inches of snow, was recorded in Merrill, 9 inches in Dyer Brook and 8.5 inches in Ludlow in the southern Aroostook area. NWS records show that Caribou broke its previous record for that date of 1.3 inches in 1981 with 2 inches.