Latest storm underwhelms; another rolling in

It was just enough to be annoying.

After days of hype, an overnight storm dropped less snow than forecast, although there was enough snow to require shoveling and plowing in most areas. Between 4 and 5 inches fell in most of Androscoggin County.

In Franklin County, snowfall amounts ranged from 1 inch in Kingfield to 3½ inches in Jay. Oxford County fell almost everywhere by 5 inches, although it was closer to 6 inches in Porter.

Temperatures had dropped into the teens by Thursday afternoon, so the snow would not melt. And adding to the storm’s bewildering nature, another storm rolled in to drop more snow on the region.

How much will we see in Round 2? Even that gets a little weird.

“While most of the region can expect an additional 4 to 8 inches between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, there’s a chance that areas where the banding is starting to pick up could take as much as walking,” wrote Mike Haggett of Pine Tree Weather. “Admittedly this will be abysmal to measure accurately as it will fly around. Some areas may have bald patches, others may have two feet in places.”

The National Weather Service in Gray issued two separate weather advisories for the storm, one for northern Maine, where 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected, and one for southern New Hampshire, where ice and a frigid drizzle were forecast.

Meteorologists originally predicted up to a foot of snow in some areas between Wednesday night and early Thursday. Strong winds were also in the forecast, although they never developed.

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With crews prepared for the storms, Central Maine Power had no outages to report late Thursday afternoon.

City crews made quick work of the snow Thursday morning, doing what they could to keep downtown open for business.

“We tried to pay special attention to downtown sidewalks during the storm for businesses that were open,” said Mary Ann Brenchick, Lewiston’s director of public works. “Daytime storms increase the difficulty of getting efficiently through neighborhoods and downtown. Crews departed at 3pm and we are on standby for the next round of snow coming in tonight then we will assess the need for snow clearance in all areas.”

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