A bulletin issued by the National Weather Service at 12:48 p.m. on Saturday advises that the heaviest snowfall is yet to come for Lincoln County. According to the NWS, the storm center will track, “close enough to the coast to bring a period of heavy snow to the area, mainly Saturday afternoon and evening.”
The NWS has also raised the estimate of snowfall totals for Lincoln County from 4 to 8 inches to 6 to 10 inches. Forecast wind velocities have also increased, now estimated at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Local first responders were on scene at numerous minor collisions and slide offs as the storm moved in during the late morning hours of Saturday, including a roll over accident in Wiscasset (also reported on LincolnCountyNewsOnline.com in a separate article, see link below). No injuries have been reported in any of the incidents at the time of this posting.
Crews from Central Maine Power remained ready to respond to power outages, but only one outage was reported in Lincoln County at the time of this posting.
The NWS bulletin warns that the storm track is still unpredictable, even as it moves through the area.
“Any small east or west wiggles in track could mean a big difference in total snowfall amounts for some towns,” according to the NWS.
With the storm’s greatest impact forecast to be in the afternoon and evening hours of Saturday, Lincoln County motorists may want to be “tucked in” safe at home to avoid hazardous conditions and leave the roadways clear for emergency vehicles and snowplows. Sunday morning is presently forecast for clear skies.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until midnight Saturday, according to the NWS.
The Lincoln County News will continue to follow the progress of this event and post any additional information here as soon as it is obtained.