Take Your Snow and Shovel It: Parts of NH to Get More Than a Foot
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A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for portions of New Hampshire. A snowstorm will hit New Hampshire on Thursday in between breaks of brutal cold. Here's what we know so far.
Snow will begin to spread into New Hampshire around dawn on Thursday. Snow will fill in quickly in during the morning hours with reduced visibility. It will continue to snow heavily right through the afternoon. By evening, the snow will be ending as the storm begins to pull away.
The low will likely track just southeast of Nantucket in a classic Nor'easter position. Temperatures will be plenty cold in the lower to mid 20s so it likely will be a cold fluffy snow that will allow for higher totals. Expect heavier amounts of snow closer to the area of low pressure, so eastern New Hampshire will likely get some of the jackpot totals. Across Western New Hampshire, expect around 5-10 inches of snow, while across Eastern New Hampshire, many areas could see a foot or more of snow from the Seacoast right to the Mountains! Ranges of 12-15 inches would not be surprising. We will continue to watch for any changes in the totals.
One of the highest tides of the month will be happening Thursday at 1:50 p.m. during the peak of the storm. Luckily, seas will not have the time to build to high level due to the fast nature of this storm. But winds will be coming in from the northeast during afternoon high tide so expect the potential for coastal flooding due to the tide level over 10 feet and the strength of this storm.
Winds will be blowing in from the northeast during the morning as the storm tracks toward Nantucket. The northeast winds will pick up through the afternoon as the storm tracks to the benchmark (a point at 40 degrees north latitude and 70 degrees west longitude). Blowing snow will reduce the visibility and there is the potential for blizzard conditions to develop. As the storm pulls away, winds will shift to the northwest and the winds will be just as strong. The core of the strongest winds will likely stay just off shore near the center of the low, but it will have a very large wind field that will expand out from the center. Wind gusts of 40-55 mph will be possible. This will help to make those blizzard like conditions last into the evening, even as the storm is winding down.
Power outages are real concern with the strength of this storm. Wind gusts over 50 mph will be strong enough to snap limbs and branches and possible knock out power. The real concern is the cold that will be following this storm as the coldest air we have seen yet will be arriving Friday and Saturday with highs in the single digits and temperatures below zero overnight. It's not a good time to not have heat. This would be a good time to check your generators if you have one to make sure they are ready to go. This is a good time to get preparations together in the case you actually do lose power. Have a plan of what you will do to keep your family safe and warm in the worst case scenario.