WINTER STORM NEMO RECAP

by Christian Mower on February 11, 2013

THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE SEEM TO HAVE WEATHERED WINTER STORM NEMO FAIRLY WELL, DESPITE THE LARGE AMOUNT OF SNOW THAT FELL IN SOME AREAS.. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS NORTH CONWAY GOT NEARLY 15 INCHES OF SNOW, WOLFEBORO NEARLY 23 INCHES AND EAST WAKEFIELD 31 INCHES. IN MAINE, MORE THAN 22 INCHES FELL IN BRIDGTON.

NO MAJOR POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN THE VALLEY AREA. A SPOKESMAN FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP SAYS THERE WERE SCATTERED OUTAGES IN THE COMPANY’S SERVICE TERRITORY, INCLUDING 300 CUSTOMERS IN CONWAY WHO LOST POWER BUT WERE RESTORED BEFORE SUNRISE SATURDAY. SETH WHEELER SAYS ALL OPERATING DISTRICTS WERE FULLY STAFFED THROUGH THE STORM AND HIS COMPANY HAD LINE AND TREE CREWS AVAILABLE TO DEAL WITH ANY EXTENSIVE OUTAGES.

IN MAINE, CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY SAID SATURDAY NIGHT IT WAS ON TRACK TO RESTORE JUST MORE THAN 300 CUSTOMERS STILL WITHOUT POWER SYSTEMWIDE. IT SAYS JUST MORE THAN 18,000 CUSTOMERS SYSTEMWIDE WERE WITHOUT POWER AROUND NOON ON FRIDAY.

THE WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM UNTIL 10 P.M. MONDAY FOR THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE, SAYING SNOW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL SPREAD EAST INTO WESTERN MAINE AND BEGIN TO TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET, LINGERING INTO TONIGHT. WINDS COULD GUST AS HIGH AS 25 MPH OUT OF THE SOUTH.

THE ADVISORY AREA INCLUDES CARROLL AND COOS COUNTIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND OXFORD COUNTY IN MAINE. ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO FOUR INCHES OF ADDITIONAL SNOW – AND A TRACE OF ICE – COULD FALL DURING THE PERIOD, MAKING FOR SLIPPERY TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND LIMITING VISIBILITY. FORECASTERS RECOMMEND YOU DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY.

ABOUT AN INCH OF SNOW IS PREDICTED EAST OF FRYEBURG IN BRIDGTON. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FALLING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN MAINE THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

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