Winter Storm Quinn to Dump Up to 18 Inches of Snow Across Maine
March 7, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that winter storm Quinn’s snowfall expected later tonight and throughout the day tomorrow will extend Maine’s winter recreation further into spring.
|Skier at Sunday River. Click on the image above or link below to access more Maine winter images.|
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the top half of Maine has at least 22 inches. As the second storm in less than one week, the impending nor’easter will cause these snow depth totals to rise significantly with up to 18 inches predicted throughout much of the state. Both heavy snow and strong winds are likely.
“With the storm today and tomorrow, and more snow predicted for this weekend and next week, alpine and Nordic skiers should be excited about epic snow conditions at Maine’s ski areas,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
To take advantage of all this new snow, Sunday River will host the BMW Winter xDrive Experience all weekend, kicking off on Friday. Also on Friday, the Franklin County Special Olympics will take place at Titcomb Mountain and Shawnee Peak will welcome WinterKids for their second Family Day.
On Saturday, expect a wide range of fun events throughout Maine’s ski centers, including Black Mountain of Maine’s Winter Fun Day, Mt. Abram’s Baxter Brewing Packed Powder Fest and at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, a family dinner with Amos & Friends. For Nordic skiers, Lonesome Pine Trails will host their final Midnight Ski event.
If you are interested in some laughs, on Sunday, Camden Snow Bowl will hold their annual Cardboard Box Derby.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily, and trails are expected to be groomed and ready for weekend snowmobilers. The trails throughout Aroostook County continue to be in excellent condition, including ITS 120, Trail 61 in Washburn and trails throughout Caswell and Limestone. The condition of many of the other trails in other regions of the state will only improve with accumulation of the anticipated snow. Many trail groomers are prepared to work on their respective trails on Friday morning after the storm has subsided.
This weekend, snowmobilers should take note of the Annual Clarkie’s Pig Roast and Fun Day in Rangeley and the Community Supper Fundraiser raffle, hosted by the Burnt Meadow Snowmobile Club of Brownsfield from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Mason’s Hall at 55 Denmark Road.
Maine Restaurant Week continues throughout March 12, for those interested in trying different restaurants and menu items and taking advantage of a discounted menu. For family excitement, the Merrill Auditorium in Portland will put on a production of Charlotte’s Web.
The snow reports, released each Wednesday throughout the season, will be posted on VisitMaine.com where visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events. People enjoying the Maine winter are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MaineWinter.
Editor’s Note: Click on the image above or the link below to access a Dropbox folder of Maine winter images.