Saturday, Dec. 9 marked Lincoln County’s first measurable snowfall of the 2017-2018 season, followed by a mix of snow and freezing rain Tuesday, Dec. 12. The two incidents brought sloppy road conditions to the county and the first resulted in several traffic accidents, as well as scattered power outages.
National Weather Service Warns of Messy Road Conditions for Evening Commute
The National Weather Service has extended a winter weather advisory warning of hazardous road conditions caused by mixed precipitation overspreading Lincoln County during the evening hours Tuesday. The winter weather advisory, originally in effect until 6 p.m., is now in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
CMP Restores Power to All Lincoln County Households
Crews from Central Maine Power Co. succeeded in restoring power before nightfall to all of the over 300 Lincoln County households with outages, according to a Sunday afternoon report from CMP. The outages followed the first measurable snowfall of the season Saturday night.
Number of Power Outages on the Rise
A number of factors have combined to cause power outages to increase in Lincoln County following the first measurable snowfall of the season. A total of 310 Lincoln County households were without electrical power, according to the report from Central Maine Power Co. at 11:57 a.m. on Sunday; up from 160 outages reported Saturday night at 10:28 p.m. That number puts Lincoln County in the unenviable position of highest number of outages state-wide, followed by Kennebec with 208.
First Measurable Snowfall Brings Messy Road Conditions
The first measurable snowfall in Lincoln County brought some sloppy road conditions, resulting in a number of traffic accidents, as well as scattered power outages, according to reports. As of this posting, no major storm related incidents have been reported. Steady snowfall is forecast to taper off before dawn on Sunday, and Lincoln County residents may even see some sunshine on Sunday, according to the NWS.
National Weather Service Downgrades Storm Forecast
The National Weather Service has downgraded the winter storm watch issued Friday afternoon to a winter weather advisory issued Saturday morning. The downgrade means that the NWS does not expect snowfall totals to exceed 6 inches during the event, which is now forecast to begin with snowfall or mixed precipitation Saturday afternoon and continue through the overnight hours into Sunday morning. Nevertheless, the current storm should bring the first measurable snowfall of the season to Lincoln County.
Winter Storm Watch Issued for Saturday Snowfall
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in advance of a weather system expected to bring the first measurable snowfall of the season to Lincoln County. Total snowfall accumulations of 6 inches or more are possible during this event, according to the NWS.
Power Restoration Complete
Although not as devastating as the recent wind storm, high winds once again blasted through Lincoln County on Friday, resulting in new power outages. There were over 2000 power outages reported in Lincoln County late afternoon on Friday at the height of the storm, according to Central Maine Power Co. Power has since been restored to all Lincoln County households, according to CMP.
Businesses and Residents Encouraged to Report Storm Damage
Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency director Casey Stevens believes that there is more damage from a recent wind storm in Lincoln County than has been reported, and encourages residents to identify these damages and report them so they can be eligible for assistance.
High Winds Return, Along With Power Outages
Although not as devastating as the recent wind storm, high winds are once again blasting through Lincoln County, resulting in power outages. There were 1812 power outages reported in Lincoln County as of the 1:17 p.m. report from Central Maine Power Co.
Power Restoration Complete in Lincoln County
Ten days after a significant wind storm slammed the area with over 21,000 outages, power has been restored to all Lincoln County households, according to the report from Central Maine Power Co. issued Wednesday night at 7:18 p.m.
CMP Full Restoration Estimate Now Weds. at 5 p.m., Over 250 Outages Remain
Despite the efforts of Central Maine Power Co. and the many entities working with them, 259 outages remain in Lincoln County, according to the 7:12 p.m. report from CMP. Full power restoration to these customers is not expected to be complete until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to CMP.
Roads Open, Power Restoration Continues
Crews from Central Maine Power Co. and the many entities working with them have been steadily returning power to Lincoln County homes. Even so, Lincoln County still leads the state in remaining power outages, with 1930 outages as of the 3:20 p.m. report from CMP.
Updated Nov. 6: Lincoln County Warming Centers
Central Maine Power work crews have been making progress returning power to Lincoln County households, however, a number of shelters remain available. As of November 6 at 3 p.m., the following warming centers are open to the public in Lincoln County, according to The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency.
Almost 4,000 Lincoln County Households Without Power
As evening settled in on Sunday, almost a week after a major wind storm knocked out power for over 21,000 Lincoln County residents, a total of 3979 area households remained without electricity, according to the 4:44 p.m. report from Central Maine Power Co. That total put Lincoln County in the unenviable position of leading the state in remaining power outages, according to information from CMP.
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