A winter storm that has been moving up the East Coast on Friday has left more than a foot of snow in parts of eastern Maine.
It is the first significant snowfall much of the state has seen so far this season.
A winter storm warning was placed in effect for much of the southern coast, midcoast and interior Down East, while a winter weather advisory was placed for inland Maine, along with a hazardous weather outlook for far western and northern Maine. The immediate Down East coast has been placed under a blizzard warning through 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
At around 1 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a statement alerting residents of coastal Hancock and Washington counties about the worsening weather. Poor visibility and wind speeds of more than 25 mph were making driving conditions dangerous along local sections of Route 1 and Route 9.
The storm, which started to start spitting snow Friday morning and continued into the night, has been accompanied by strong winds up to 35 mph. Minor power outages have been reported, with Versant reporting Friday afternoon that it had a power outage affecting more than 400 customers in Lamoine, but it had not determined if the outage was storm related. Versant also reported a total handful of outages on Mount Desert Island and in Cutler and Dennysville, while Central Maine Power reported 2 outages affecting 2 customers.
The snowfall became heaviest during Friday afternoon, when Machiasport reported 13 inches of snow accumulation, East Machias reported 10.2 inches of snow and Milbridge reported 9 inches of snow, according to the NWS office in Calais.
Calais has only reported around 5 inches of snow accumulation as of Friday night, while Bar Harbor reported around 8.5 inches of accumulation.
Snow accumulation in the Bangor area stayed under 6 inches, with Dixmont reporting 5 inches of snow, and Holden reporting 3 to 4 inches.
Caribou has seen the least amount of accumulation throughout the state, with the weather service office reporting that the city had only received 1.4 inches of snow throughout the day.
Meanwhile to the south, the Rockland area received around 3.5 inches of fresh powder. Portland received around 5 inches, according to the weather station in Gray.
Maine’s western mountains were spared the brunt of this latest storm, with just 1 to 2 inches of accumulation in Rangeley and along the Canadian border.
Friday’s storm will be followed early next week by a “bitter cold” that will linger over the state Monday through Wednesday, according to the weather service.
BDN writer Leela Stockley contributed to this report.