A late season storm system chugged through Lincoln County on Tuesday, pummeling the area with six hours of blizzard conditions, but leaving little lasting damage behind, according to early reports.
Reports of power outages from Lincoln County are coming in to Central Maine Power Co., according to the 7:07 p.m. update from CMP. A total of 334 Lincoln County households were without power at the time of that report. A majority of the outages, 229, were reported in South Bristol, with smaller numbers of outages in Damariscotta, Nobleboro and Boothbay Harbor.
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning that the highest winds and heaviest snowfall from the passing storm should impact Lincoln County through approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday. Residents are advised to expect snowfall rates up to 4 inches and hour and wind gusts to 60 mph during that period, according to the NWS.
At 2:43 p.m. on Tuesday the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Lincoln County in advance of heavy snowfall bands tracking into the area. The same weather system, tracking in from the south, is also bringing higher temps along with the intense precipitation, making for a dangerous combination of high winds and wet snowfall during the night time hours of Tuesday.
Snowfall quickly developed over Lincoln County Tuesday morning as the leading edge of a winter storm slid into the area. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect, however final adjustments to the forecast indicate that the snowfall may have a shorter duration than expected and the event may end with rainfall.
Staff at Central Maine Power Co. have been monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared for a major winter storm that could bring heavy snow and strong winds to Maine Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, according to a CMP bulletin.
The National Weather Service has upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning and raised snowfall estimates into the 14 to 18 inch range in regard to a storm system forecast to pummel Lincoln County beginning Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch well in advance of a storm system forecast to arrive in Lincoln County during the mid-day hours of Tuesday, bringing heavy snowfall and high winds continuing through Wednesday.
The blizzard warning may have expired at 7 p.m., but effects of the storm that battered Lincoln County during the overnight hours of Sunday and through Monday are still lingering. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement that gusty northwest winds running along the backside of the passing weather front will continue through tonight. Blowing and drifting snow will remain an issue, making travel treacherous and visibility low in some cases, according to the NWS.
The Central Maine Power Co. is reporting 182 power outages in Boothbay Harbor concentrated in the Spruce Point area, as of the 2:06 p.m. CMP report. The rest of Lincoln County appears to be faring well as blizzard conditions begin to dissipate in the area. The only other outages presently reported are in South Bristol, with two households affected on Winks Way.
Steady snowfall began in Lincoln County Sunday night and is expected to continue, with blizzard conditions, until Monday at 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A blizzard watch issued earlier by the NWS was upgraded to a blizzard warning on Sunday afternoon, as residents prepared for high winds, heavy snowfall, and the possibility of widespread power outages.
Just as the first weather system to bring snowfall to Lincoln County this weekend began to move out, a blizzard watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for a second system due to arrive Sunday.
Steady snowfall was overspreading Lincoln County on Saturday in advance of another, more robust system forecast to chug through the area from Sunday through Monday. Snowfall totals for both storms are now projected at between 18 and 26 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
A significant storm on Saturday will be followed by a more significant storm on Sunday through Monday, leaving Lincoln County blanketed in snowfall and buffeted by high winds, according to advisories from the National Weather Service.