Aroostook County could see up to a foot of snow Sunday

5 years ago

CARIBOU, Maine — A region that has been battered by snow storms since last October will get another blow this Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou. 

Greg Cornwell, meteorologist at the NWS, said Friday that Aroostook County could see up to a foot of snow from the storm, which is expected to move into the region late on Saturday evening or early Sunday and continue throughout the day.

“We are still nailing down the forecast, so we are not totally sure on accumulations yet,” said Cornwell. “But it looks like The County will see the most snow, while other parts of the state will get a mixture of snow, sleet and rain.

“A large low pressure system will bring warm, moist air over pretty cold conditions to start the day in much of the state on Sunday,” Cornwell said. “That is why most areas will start out as snow.”

He said that as the storm continues, temperatures will rise and change the snow over to sleet or rain for much of the coast and interior Down East.

Bangor will initially see a burst of snow, but it will then change over to sleet.

“Bangor could get between 2 to 4 inches of snow,” he said. “But northern Maine is going to get much higher amounts, according to what we are seeing now.”

Temperatures are forecast to hover around 20 degrees or higher Sunday, and high winds are expected to be an issue, with gusts of 20 to 50 miles per hour in the region.

Caribou has recorded 136.2 inches of snow since last October, which is 77.1 inches higher than the normal amount of 59.1 inches over the same period.

The snowpack in Caribou currently sits at 39 inches, according to the NWS.