Blizzard hits Waldo County

By Staff | Jan 04, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Central Maine Power Co. linemen stand by in trucks parked at Renys Plaza, Belfast, as the snowstorm intensifies the afternoon of Jan. 4.

The anticipated snowstorm hit Waldo County this morning, right on schedule, beginning gently but rapidly coating roads.

By early afternoon, snow was coming down thick and fast and wind gusts increased markedly into a blizzard, part of rapidly intensifying "bomb cyclone" (a meteorological term for storms with rapid drops in pressure).

According to weather reports, this storm’s pressure tanked 59 millibars in 24 hours, which ranks it with the most explosive East Coast storms ever observed.

One Waldo resident, out shoveling snow about 2:30 p.m., reported hearing a loud boom — possibly what is known as "thundersnow" — that shook a thick stand of nearby trees along the northwest side of Route 131. Rapid snowfall, high winds and thundersnow often accompany bomb storms.

Meanwhile, Route 1 flooded in Lincolnville Beach. According to Ray Sisk, Knox County Emergency Management Agency director, the flooding occurred at high tide Thursday in Lincolnville Beach, on Vinalhaven, and in South Thomaston and St. George.

"That tide, which was astronomically high, combined with storm surge to cause some localized coastal flooding," he reported in a email message to news outlets.

"All coastal flooding has subsided now," Sisk said in the message, received at 6:03 p.m. Thursday. "A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect around the time of the next high tide just after 1 a.m. Friday morning. Flooding is not expected to overtop roads at that tide."

As of 3:30 p.m., Central Maine Power Co. reported about 200 people without power in Waldo County, most of them in Winterport.

Schools were closed for the day. Most town offices closed by noon, and many businesses just did not open based on predictions.


Route 1 in Lincolnville Beach is flooded during Jan. 4 blizzard. (Courtesy of: Mike Ames)
Flooding in Lincolnville Beach was caused by "an astronomically high" tide Jan. 4, according to Knox County EMA Director Ray Sisk. (Courtesy of: Lincolnville Fire Department)
Blowing snow clouds this view of Center Montville. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Vehicles fill up Jan. 4 at Freedom General Store on Route 137. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Intensifying storm reduces visibility on Route 220 in Montville Jan. 4. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Jett the cat appears mesmerized by blowing snow in Waldo Jan. 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Renys Plaza in Belfast in the early afternoon Jan 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Armistice Bridge in Belfast Jan 4 at about 2 p.m. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Main Street in Belfast near Redmen Hall in the early afternoon Jan 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
The Gothic building and Post Office Square in Belfast in the early afternoon Jan 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A pedestrian crosses Starrett Drive in Belfast in the early afternoon Jan. 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Main Street near the Route 1 overpass in Belfast Jan. 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
The Penobscot McCrum factory and Route 1 Bridge seen from the footbridge in Belfast at about 2 p.m. Jan. 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Fournier Tugs and a deserted Belfast Public Landing Jan. 4. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Belmont Avenue in Belfast Jan. 4 at about 3 p.m. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Belfast public landing Jan. 4 at about 2:30 p.m. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Jon Jenckes | Jan 05, 2018 09:30

Thankyou for photos, it is the Belfast I remember, Crosby class of '58,,59/ I was colder in the Alps but it sure does make one think that the right decision was made in 1964/ Thank you and keep up the good work jon jenckes

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