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Arctic cold and snow forecast for state

Union Leader Correspondent

January 01. 2014 7:51PM
A damaged SUV faces the wrong direction by a guardrail on Interstate 93 South by the Candia Road overpass, during the snowstorm, on Thursday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

A bone-chilling nor'easter set to hit today and into Friday is expected to drop 6 to 10 inches of snow in southern New Hampshire.

"It'll be a difficult time to be out," warned John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Snow combined with subzero wind chills will create nasty conditions in central and southern New Hampshire, where winter storm warnings were posted for this morning into Friday morning. Lesser amounts of snow are forecast for the northern part of the state.

A storm along the Mid-Atlantic coast will merge with another low pressure system from the Ohio Valley tonight and pass southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

While the storm isn't expected to move up the New England coast, forecasters said it'll still pack quite a punch.

The frigid air moving into the region will create a powdery snow that will blow and drift and quickly add up.

"It will be a dry, fluffy snow so it won't take a lot. The snow tends to pile up a little quicker than it normally would," Cannon said.

The Seacoast region will likely be the hardest hit, Cannon said.

By tonight, Cannon said winds will be picking up and gusting as high as 35 mph on the Seacoast.

"Wind chill temperatures are going to be a big deal coming up over the next two days," he said.

Coastal flooding is also expected to be a problem because of the wind and astronomically high tides.

Cannon said the New Hampshire coast could see minor flooding at the time of high tide tonight and minor to moderate flooding on Friday.

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