Winter blast fails to deliver

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CARIBOU (AP) – A storm dumped more than half a foot of snow on parts of northern Maine Friday, but the rest of the state was largely spared as the storm failed to produce heavy snows statewide as originally predicted.

The storm moved into Maine in the overnight hours, but tracked farther out to sea and intensified later than anticipated.

As a result, southern and central areas got roughly 1 to 3 inches of snow, while coastal sections of eastern Maine received heavy rains. Bar Harbor got 1.5 inch of rain, and Eastport got more than an inch.

Northern Maine got between 3 and 7 inches of snow, and another inch was expected overnight into today in northeastern Maine along the New Brunswick border, said Mark Bloomer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou.

But predictions of up to 15 inches in northern Maine and significant amounts elsewhere didn’t materialize.

The storm, a fast-moving Nor’easter that moved up the Eastern Seaboard into New England, was difficult to forecast.

“When it finally took shape, it intensified a little later than we anticipated and a little bit to the east,” Bloomer said.

Brisk northwest winds are expected across Maine on Saturday as the storm makes its way into the Canadian Maritimes, said Art Lester, meteorological technician with the weather service’s office in Gray.

The Coast Guard issued a warning calling for 40-knot winds and 20-foot seas on Saturday.

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