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First significant snowstorm of season to bring 4-6 inches to NH Saturday

Union Leader Correspondent

December 08. 2017 12:56PM

The snowfall map from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, shows several inches of snow are possible across the Granite State this weekend. 

Snowplow drivers are gearing up as the first significant snowstorm of the season is taking aim at New Hampshire and is expected to drop a wide swath of 4 to 6 inches of snow this weekend.

The developing storm will move up from Long Island and into the Gulf of Maine, bringing snow to southern New Hampshire by about noon on Saturday and the rest of the state by mid afternoon, according to James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The heaviest snow is expected during the late afternoon and evening hours. The storm is expected to wind down by Sunday morning.

“It’s going to be a fairly quick event,” Brown said.

The highest snow totals were forecasted for southern New Hampshire with less in northern areas.

Forecasters have been eyeing the potential for a storm for the past few days to see if it would move close enough to New England or stay farther out at sea.

State highway crews pre-treated sections of some major highways Friday with brine as part of the effort to prevent ice or hard-pack from forming when it snows, said Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton.

Areas treated included parts of Interstate 93, the Spaulding Turnpike and the Everett Turnpike.

More than 700 state and hired plow trucks are ready to treat and plow 4,600 miles of state roads, Boynton said.

“Plows are mounted and the snowplow fleet is ready to roll,” he said.

Boynton urged drivers to prepare for the storm.

“It’s time for drivers to get into winter driving mode, which means adjusting your expectations, driving according to the conditions, and giving yourself more time to get to your destinations. Expect slippery conditions when roads are snow covered and slow down,” he said, adding that drivers should also make sure their vehicles are ready for winter conditions with proper tires, wipers and other equipment.

Boynton also encouraged drivers to help the plow operators by giving them space and moving over for emergency vehicles with blue, red, or amber lights providing roadside assistance.

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In the wake of the storm, forecasters are watching the potential for another snow event by the middle of next week as a colder and stormier pattern is expected for the region.

Greg Dow, a highway patrol foreman for the N.H. Department of Transportation's District 6 in Epping, checks out a snow plow mounted on one of the state trucks Friday as crews prepared for this weekend's snowstorm. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

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