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February 28. 2012 11:37PM

Winter storm arrives tonight; up to 10 inches of snow forecast


Todd Becker, of Manchester, follows through on a stroke Monday afternoon at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)

Admit it. You were thinking it or maybe just hoping for it. You might have started to believe that winter had decided to give up on New Hampshire his year.

Guess again. Snow storms heading to the state promise to blanket the landscape with snow tonight through Thursday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the entire state.

“It's going to be six to 10 inches for the most part. We don't see anywhere that will get more than 10,” said Chris Kimble, a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

January and February were two of the mildest months in recent memory, with consistently above-average temperatures and very little snowfall.

According to data kept for Concord — the only city in the state the National Weather Service maintains statistics for — the city got about 10 inches of snow in January. That's about 8 inches less than a normal January.

Kimble said the first band of snow will be the remnants of a blizzard that hit the Midwest on Tuesday. Another pattern developing off the east coast of New England will keep the snow showers coming until Thursday night, he said.

“It's still winter all the way until March 31,” Kimble said. “We still have plenty of time to get more snow.”


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