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As Maine sees record snow depths, relief is just around the corner

On Thursday in Kennebunk, Maine, wet, heavy snow bent branches over the roads.
On Thursday in Kennebunk, Maine, wet, heavy snow bent branches over the roads.Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via AP

After being battered by a massive storm Sunday into Monday, then getting hit again Wednesday night, Maine is finally getting a respite.

Sunny skies with no snow is the forecast for next week, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“Temperatures will rise into the low 30s, and it’ll be sunny,” Schwibs said. “We’ll get some settling and melting, which is good, because at some point you run out of places to put it.”

The most recent storm left 5 to 12 inches across much of the state, while places like Fryeburg, Bridgton, and Sanford were buried beneath 16 to 18 inches, forecasters said.


This latest snow fell just two days after a storm covered the region, with up to two feet of snow in places, including 21.5 inches at Bangor International Airport, the third-highest one-day accumulation in the airport’s history.

The snow is so deep in places across Maine that it’s nearing record levels.

In Andover, snow 79 inches deep was the second-deepest snowfall in the state’s history — apart from 1969 when 84 inches fell on Framingham.

Kingfield and Hartford have snow 68 and 62 inches deep, respectively, putting them at the fifth- and sixth-deepest amounts ever recorded in Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

The area is experiencing higher-than-average snowfall, but it’s nowhere near hitting the record of 181.2 inches, set in the winter of 1962-1963.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 62.7 inches had fallen, putting it 21.7 inches over the 42-inch regional average, Schwibs said.

Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.