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Valley temperatures dive overnight, milder temps on the horizon

FORT KENT, Maine — Folks in the St. John Valley had to check their outdoor thermometers twice on Thursday morning as many recorded temperatures in the sub zero double digits.

“It was a little chilly,” said Rich Norton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Van Buren measured in at -18 degrees fahrenheit for the overnight low, and Frenchville temps dipped down to -12, according to Norton.

Norton said the NWS does not have data available to determine the record low in the Valley towns for this date, but he said the normal value for Frenchville should be about 12 degrees above.

He attributed this colder than usual weather pattern to a calm weather pattern in the area.

“What set this up is we have calm winds and clear skies at night so the (air) will radiate out with no restriction. It keeps radiating out until the temperature gets down to the dew point,” he said.  

On the sunny side, Norton said he expects temperatures to rise and remain in the low to mid 30s during the day throughout the weekend.

“It’s still gonna be cool at night but not as cold. We’re looking at 0- to -5 below and a little colder up in Estcourt which is normal,” he said.

As far as snowfall is concerned, Norton said the Valley also can expect some relief, at least temporarily from weather that has so far dropped a foot and half more snow than normal in the area this winter.

Norton said it is possible the Valley will see up to three quarters of an inch of snow Friday afternoon into Saturday.

“We’re not looking for any great big storms anytime soon,” he said.

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