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NWS issues Winter Storm Warning

NORTHERN AROOSTOOK COUNTY — (UPDATED Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 1015 a.m.) The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow for northwestern and northeastern Aroostook County, in effect from Wednesday evening, Nov. 30, through 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1. Heavy snow will impact much of northern Maine Thursday morning, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Snow may briefly mix with drizzling or freezing drizzle late this afternoon.

Areas affected include: ALLAGASH, CLAYTON LAKE, MADAWASKA, FORT KENT, FRENCHVILLE, PRESQUE ISLE, CARIBOU, VAN BUREN, and MARS HILL, HOULTON, PATTEN, ASHLAND, PRESQUE ISLE.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 9 to 14 inches.

HAZARD TYPES: Snow, heavy at times.

IMPACTS: High impact. Snow will result in difficult driving conditions. Heavy wet snow may cause downed trees and branches to snap with numerous power outages possible.

WINDS: East, 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

TEMPERATURES: In the lower 30S.

VISIBILITIES: One quarter mile or less.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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