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Weekend snowstorm dumps nearly 8 inches on County

FORT KENT, Maine — The most significant snowfall event of the season so far dumped nearly 8 inches of snow on parts of Aroostook County over the weekend.

On Friday, the National Weather Service of Caribou issued a winter storm warning through Saturday calling for up to a possible foot of snow in The County.

The highest totals were recorded in Castle Hill, which saw 7.7 inches of snow, and Fort Kent, which registered 7 inches. 

Caribou saw 5.9 inches of snow during the storm, whereas the lowest totals were in the Houlton area, which ranged from 3 to 5 inches. 

This is not out of the ordinary for snowfall this time of year but overall snowfall this season is slightly lower than in recent years, National Weather Service meteorologist James Sinko said.

“Right now for Caribou we are running 1.7 inches below average so far for the season,” Sinko said. 

Most of the snow fell quickly on Friday prompting Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office to issue a social media post advising people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. 

“That (snowfall) came to an end at about 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and then it was pretty dry with maybe some spitting snow flurries most of the night,” Sinko said. 

Late morning through mid-day Saturday saw another half inch or so of snowfall over The County. 

The forecast calls for some possible isolated snow showers early this week, but that snow is not expected to accumulate.

“We don’t currently have any accumulating snow in the forecast until possibly Thursday afternoon and Friday,” Sinko said.  

It is too early to determine how much snow may fall late this week, Sinko said. 

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