Maine Snow Report

April 15 2024
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Maine SNOW REPORT

April 15 2024


Snowpack levels across the state are currently 10% of normal. The deepest snowpack in Maine was last observed at Caribou Wfo with a snowpack depth of 2”, about 10% of normal when compared to it's 19" average depth for this time of year. Caribou Wfo, perched at an elevation of 627 ft., is currently experiencing some of the coldest temps in Maine with air temps last recorded at 41 degrees.

More snowfall is expected this week, and areas like Nohrsc Cornish 5.6 Ese are forecasted to receive up to 34" of snowfall in the next 5 days.

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RECENT SNOWFALL TOTALS

Maine's snowpack conditions vary across its numerous mountain ranges. The most prominent ranges include the Mahoosucs, Bigelow Range, and the Western Mountains. These ranges provide a significant amount of snow for the state. The snowpack in Maine is crucial for the state's water resources as it feeds into several runoff rivers and watersheds such as the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Androscoggin rivers.

Maine experiences a cold and snowy winter climate due to its northern latitude and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The state receives an average of 80-110 inches of snow annually, with higher amounts in mountainous regions. The snowpack contributes to Maine's tourism industry, particularly for skiing and snowmobiling.

Snow science and history in Maine showcase interesting facts. The East Coast's first recorded snowfall occurred in Maine in 1607. Maine also hosts the Mount Washington Observatory, where the world's second-highest wind speed was recorded.




Storm Forecast

Residents of Kennebec and Somerset counties, please remain vigilant today as flood warnings continue to affect areas along the Kennebec River, including the cities of Augusta and Skowhegan. The National Weather Service in Gray, ME has reported that the Kennebec River at Augusta has been oscillating around the flood stage, with a potential peak at 12.1 feet this morning. Be aware that minor flooding is forecasted, which can result in water flooding parking lots on Front Street in Augusta. With the river stage at 11.7 feet as of early this morning, it is crucial to stay informed and avoid any waterfront areas that may be compromised; flood stage is at 12.0 feet and overflow into adjacent areas can happen rapidly.

Moreover, the situation in Skowhegan is also concerning, as minor flooding is currently occurring with the Kennebec River flow reaching 37,000.0 cubic feet per second (cfs) early today. This has led to the beginnings of flooding at campgrounds in the Skowhegan area. The river flow is expected to fluctuate, potentially rising above the flood stage of 35,000.0 cfs this afternoon before receding later today. If you are in or near these regions, please prioritize your safety by staying away from the riverbanks, adhering to any evacuation orders, and securing your property. Keep an eye on updates from local authorities and the National Weather Service for the latest information. Remember, it is better to err on the side of caution during flood events.


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