Winter Blast to Hit Parts of Northern Maine Sunday Night and Monday
After dodging a snowstorm that pummeled southern Maine of Friday, parts of northern and eastern Maine will be dealing with heavy snow, freezing rain and gusty winds on Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for sections of Penobscot, Hancock and Washington Counties from late Sunday evening until late Monday evening. Total snow accumulation will likely range from 6 to 12 inches. Forecasters say wind gusts as high as 35 mph could lead to areas of blowing snow, making travel difficult at times.
Forecasters have downgraded their initial storm watch in southern Aroostook to a Winter Weather Advisory with total snowfall expected to be about 4 to 8 inches. Areas to the north of Houlton should see anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow, with gusty winds still impacting the area, especially on Monday afternoon. Once again, far northern Aroostook County will escape the brunt of the storm.
Weather service meteorologists say this storm system has been a tricky one to forecast, especially with the changing track and rain/snow line. At this point, it looks like it could result in the highest snowfall of the season for the Bangor area.
Much of southern Maine is also under a Winter Storm Warning Sunday night and Monday with snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches and wind gusts up to 40 mph expected.
The weather office says the strong wind gusts could also bring down tree branches.