Spring blizzard whips northern Maine


Friday, March 21st 2008, 3:30 pm
By: News 9


CARIBOU, Maine (AP) -- It doesn't look -- or feel -- like spring in northern Maine.

In fact, the area has just broken a snow record.

A blizzard warning is in effect as fierce winds scatter a foot or more of snow that broke Caribou's 53-year-old seasonal snowfall record.

The National Weather Service in the northern Maine city says the latest storm brought the seasonal total to 182 and a-half inches. That breaks the old record of 181 inches set in 1955.

Winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour and a few more inches of snow are expected through the day.

Motorists are reporting whiteout conditions that make it nearly impossible to drive.

The high winds caused the postponement of the 2008 U.S. Alpine Championships, which were due to open at Sugarloaf USA Friday.