2017-02-15 / Front Page

Storm dumps more than two feet of snow

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

WESTERN MAINE — Despite the “inconveniences associated with Maine winters, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather observer Betty Wing of Eustis admitted, “We’re lucky compared to other places with hurricanes and such.” This was as a heavy band of snow moved through the area the morning of Monday, Feb. 13. At 6:30 a.m. that morning, Wing had measured 9.8” of snow and 5.55” of precipitation for a two-day total of 15.7” of snow and a very significant 5.64” of precip.

All that snow adds up to a depth of 38” for Wing, at least above an icy crust she is unable to measure below.

In preparation for the storm, schools and local and state government offices announced Monday closures as early as Sunday, Feb. 12. Most businesses followed Governor Paul LePage’s urging for Mainers to “stay off the roads and avoid traveling unless it is an absolute emergency.”

Powder was the word of the day at Sugarloaf. The Sugarloaf Feb. 13 Mountain Report announced more than 40” of new natural snow in the seven days prior. “There’s no sign of this storm slowing down until later today, and a report out of NOAA reads another five to nine inches is possible today,” the report said.

As a reminder, it is against state laws to put snow in a public way; this includes moving it across roadways.

Kingfield Administrative Assistant stated, “This winter has been challenging but our crews are doing a great job keeping up. Residents are reminded to adhere to the winter parking ordinance to allow crews to safely clear our roads.” Parking is not allowed on public streets or right-of-ways overnight from Nov. 15 to April 15 or during snow removal operations.

As The Original Irregular went to press, the storm was winding down and cleanup continued. Wing stated what most western Mainers were thinking, “Thank heavens it’s been the light fluffy stuff.”

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