2018-03-14 / Front Page

Winter revival

More snow on the way
By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

WESTERN MAINE — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather observer Betty Wing of Eustis had not recorded much in terms of new snowfall over the last several weeks. In fact, the last significant snowfall she recorded was 10.5 inches Thursday, Feb. 8. Winter, it seemed, was winding down. That is until last week’s snowfall blanketed the area and gave a much needed revival to recreational trails.

The Nor’easter named Quinn arrived late Wednesday, March 7 and, over a 30-hour period, dumped over a foot of snow at Wing’s residence. The snow stuck around through the weekend, with occasional flurries and squalls adding to the four-day snowfall total of 18.9 inches.
In Rangeley, 15.5 inches of snow was recorded by NOAA weather observers and in Farmington, Dennis Pike recorded 16.7 inches of snow in the same four-day time frame.
According to Wing’s records, the first measurable snow of the season fell Friday Nov. 10. Since that half-inch snowfall, Wing has measured 92.5 inches of snow through Monday, March 12. The normal for the same timeframe is 95.5 inches.
As The Original Irregular was going to press Monday, another nor’easter was moving in. Winter storm Skylar was predicted to drop 12 to 18 inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday.
While some might be eager for a change of season, Wing reminded us that winter is not quite over, “Spring is coming but we have to have some more winter first.”

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