December 17, 2013

Second winter storm this week expected in Waterville, Augusta areas tonight

Between six and eight inches of snow are predicted to fall in central Maine overnight Tuesday following the near foot most areas got Sunday.

By Rachel Ohm
Staff Writer

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ICY COLD: A Skowhegan Highway Department snowblower clears snow from the ice-covered walking bridge on Tuesday. Freezing spray from the Kennebec River covered nearby tree limbs with ice.

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COLD RUSH: Warm breath turned to cold vapor as Laurie Laliberte and delivery driver Peter Schultz waited outside to receive packages from a United Parcel Service truck on a frigid day in Waterville on Tuesday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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Overnight and record low temperatures

Augusta overnight low temperature: -7

Augusta record low for Dec. 17: -12, set in 1951

Farmington overnight low temperature: -19

Farmington record low for Dec. 17: -26, set in 1951

Waterville overnight low temperature: -11

Waterville record low for Dec. 17: -23, set in 1951

source: National Weather Service.

“When it’s too cold people don’t come out until later. Other times I get here in the morning and they’re outside the door waiting to come warm up a little,” he said.

Jandreau said he never asks what brings people into the library on a cold day, but when temperatures are consistently low the building is usually busier, he said.

“Maybe they are coming in to do business or maybe just to get warm. Either way we are a public building. If people want to turn the temperature down in their home, they can come here and read the paper or use a computer,” he said.

Tuesday’s storm is expected to hit the coast somewhat harder with snowfall totals in Rockland expected to be between eight and 10 inches, said Hawley. Waterville is expected to get between six and eight inches and Farmington three to six, he said.

Augusta is also expected to get five to eight inches.

The storm should move in around 8 p.m. Tuesday and last until late morning Wednesday, said Hawley.

“It should snow through the night and not end until 10 or noon on Wednesday. I’m sure there will be school cancellations,” he said.

The snow will bring with it a slight rise in temperatures, said Hawley.

“It will be cloudy and snow will be developing so temperatures won’t go down much. We’re looking at lows between 10 and 12 degrees,” said Hawley.

Wednesday should be warmer, with highs in the upper 20s and temperatures continuing to warm up through the week, with highs reaching into the mid-30s by Friday, he said.

In Waterville, public works crews were nearly caught up with storm cleanup from the weekend storm by Tuesday afternoon, said Public Works Director Mark Turner. “There are a few sidewalks that we’re finishing up this afternoon and then it starts all over again,” said Turner. “Hopefully it won’t be as bad as last weekend.”

Portland Press Herald staff writer Eric Russell contributed to this report.

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TOO COLD: Below zero temperatures in Skowhegan prevented Job Fitzgerald from starting his car Tuesday, even with the help of a jump start. After repeated attempts Fitzgerald went back inside his warm house.

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