Friday, 22 February, 2019

No joke: Snow hits northern New England on April Fools' Day

An area of low pressure will develop off the Northeast coast enhancing rain and snow late this week An area of low pressure will develop off the Northeast coast enhancing rain and snow late this week
Melissa Porter | 05 April, 2017, 00:30

From the Lakes Region of New Hampshire points north and northeast, this will start as snow.

"So we're watching it pretty closely", says Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice.

Downed trees and power lines due to the heavy, wet snow is possible through Saturday afternoon.

According to the Portland Press-Herald, heavy, wet snow knocked out power to more than 12,000 customers in Maine.

As of Thursday morning, the forecasters said a lot of uncertainty remains over if and when the snow will turn to a wintry mix Friday.

- While we have seen a meager snow season in Minnesota at best, much of New England, especially ME, has seen an extraordinary amount of snow - most of which, is still on the ground. Be sure to stay with the News 8 Total Weather team on air and online for the latest information about the storm. Portland, Maine, recorded 84.4 inches of snow, 2 feet above normal for the city; Concord, New Hampshire, had 73.8 inches, about 15 inches above normal. About 5,000 remained without service. The 34-year-old driver, a resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"People should stay away from down lines, as they may be live and risky, and be aware that downed trees could have power lines tangled in them and may also be unsafe", she said. Further south, rain will change to sleet and snow in eastern MA, including the Boston area, with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour expected along the Cape and islands in MA.

Spokesman Alec O'Meara said customers still without power should call customer service.

And police in Westport, Connecticut, warned of roads possibly flooding during high tide.

The late-season snow will further impact town budgets already under pressure from winter-related expenses.