NWS: VALLEY “LUCKED OUT” ON STORM

by Gair on December 23, 2013

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE “LUCKED OUT” THIS WEEKEND IN NOT GETTING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ICE.

MARGARET CURTIS SAYS THE AREA SAW LESS ICING THAN EXPECTED AS TEMPERATURES STAYED AROUND THE FREEZING MARK OR JUST ABOVE – UNLIKE INLAND AREAS IN MAINE LIKE AUGUSTA THAT GOT MORE ICE BECAUSE OF COLDER TEMPERATURES.

THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF SIGNIFICANT POWER OUTAGES IN THE VALLEY AREA OR WESTERN MAINE MONDAY MORNING AND THE WEATHER SERVICE CANCELED THE ICE STORM WARNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

CURTIS SAYS ICY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE MONDAY WITH PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING RAIN DURING THE MORNING THAT COULD CAUSE AN ICE BUILDUP OF AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH.

THE WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY UNTIL 4 P.M. MONDAY FOR NORTHERN CARROLL AND COOS COUNTIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

THE ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MONDAY FOR OXFORD AND CUMBERLAND COUNTIES IN MAINE, WITH POSSIBLE ICE ACCUMULATION OF A HALF INCH.

FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE ICE TO ACCUMULATE ON MOST SURFACES AND ROADS AND SIDEWALKS WILL BE VERY SLIPPERY, MAKING DRIVING AND WALKING DIFFICULT.

IN WESTERN MAINE, FORECASTERS WARNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES WILL LIKELY SEE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE BY MID-MORNING MONDAY AND SNAPPED TREE LIMBS WILL BE DANGEROUS AND COULD LEAD TO POWER OUTAGES.

TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO BE DIFFICULT.

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