“Snow depths across Maine are near record territory this morning!,” the National Weather Service office serving the region around Portland reported Thursday.
The town of Andover had a mind-boggling settled snow pack of 79 inches, or just over 6.5 feet. That now stands as the second deepest snow pack ever measured in Maine for a non-mountainous reporting station. Chimney Pond at an elevation of 2,900 feet, is stacked under 94 inches of the white stuff.
The Weather Service tweeted that Maine had received more snow than anywhere else in the Lower 48 away from the western mountains and northern Great Lakes.
“Trees and limbs are breaking under the weight of the snow. The wires that we’ve seen taken down tonight have been quickly buried in the snow making them almost impossible to see,” the Waterboro Fire Department posted on Facebook. “If your power is out, make sure your wires are still up before venturing out to clean up this lovely mess.”
Another major concern is roofs collapsing under the stress of the snow. Citizens are being advised to clear snow from their roofs or hire someone to do it.
All three storms explosively intensified or “bombed out” as they moved over the Gulf of Maine and interacted with parts of the Gulf Stream. Storms that “bomb out” or undergo “bombogenesis” see their central pressure drop at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.
The bombing storms hammered coastal areas with winds in excess of 70 mph and pumped massive amounts of moisture inland that fell mostly as snow.
Other notable Maine snow depths are 68 inches in Kingfield, 62 inches in Hartford, 31 inches in Bangor and 31 inches in Caribou.
The Canadian Maritime provinces were also hammered by the snow blitz. As of Thursday Halifax, Nova Scotia, had broken its record for snowiest February ever with 54.5 inches. The previous record, set in 2015, was 51.5 inches. That took the entire month, the new record was set in the first 16 days.
In the wake of snowy onslaught, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. A warm-up is in the forecast with sunny skies and highs expected to reach the low 40s by this weekend. But with so much snow on the ground, emergency managers will need to keep an eye on river levels as a rapid warm-up could create flooding.
Here are some photos of the epic snow amounts …
Jason Samenow contributed to this post.