Northeast Chill Brings Record Snowfall to Northern Maine

  • Colder temperatures will linger from Rockies to Appalachians
  • On the other hand, Alaska’s weather is warmer than normal

Did you hear the one about spring coming to northern Maine? Neither did we.

The blast of cold air that swept through the central U.S. and Northeast over the weekend into Monday brought 4 to 7 inches (6 to 11 centimeters) of snow across the northern part of the state.

“This is the highest amount of snow we have had this late in the year,” said Rich Norton, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Caribou, Maine. “It will set a new record.”

A second cold front moving through the Great Lakes on Monday threatened to drop temperatures 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 17 Celsius) below normal from the Rocky Mountains to the central Appalachians through the middle of the week, according to the agency.

This is part of a lingering pattern that has made spring a bit cooler in many places, said Greg Gallina, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

An ‘Oddball’

“This one just accumulated a lot more cold air,” Gallina said. It was a bit of an “oddball.”

New York’s Central Park, along with Philadelphia and Washington, started May a bit cooler than normal, while Chicago, Albany and Boston have been chillier than average since April.

Oddly, Caribou, 405 miles north of Boston, had average temperatures slightly above normal for the month.

For those looking for warmer weather: Fairbanks is nice, at least statistically. The central Alaskan city has been warmer than normal since last September, according to weather service records. The forecast for this week is for temperatures to linger in the mid-50s and 60s.

Norton said the snow in Maine won’t last long. By Tuesday, much of it will be a memory, except in a few shady spots.

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