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Fourth nor'easter possible as spring arrives

Union Leader Correspondent

March 19. 2018 9:55PM
Route 101 through Candia was quiet as last week's nor’easter ramped up. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)

Call it a four’easter.

Spring officially arrives today at 12:15 p.m., but forecasters are closely watching a fourth nor’easter that could bring another plowable snowfall to winter-weary New Hampshire.

“Just have to grin and bear it. We’re gonna get what we’re gonna get,” said James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Another coastal storm is expected to take aim at New England on Wednesday with up to 8 inches of snow possible.

Forecasters are still trying to nail down details on the next storm and its track, but said confidence is growing that the storm will bring snow, especially to southern New Hampshire and coastal areas that were hit last week with up to two-feet-plus of snow from the third nor’easter in recent weeks.

Brown said Concord has seen 85.6 inches of snow so far this winter, about 30 inches above what the city normally gets at this point in the season.

The snowpack statewide is about 10 to 15 inches, Brown said, which is less than what the North Country usually sees in late March and more than what’s expected in southern areas.

While the snow has been melting, temperatures have remained below normal and aren’t expected to warm up anytime soon.

The state has experienced bone-chilling March temperatures over the weekend, with the thermometer plunging to 28-below in Pittsburg by Sunday morning.

Brown said high temperatures over the next few days will remain below normal, with low 30s in northern areas and low 40s in southern parts.

“It’s not going to warm up dramatically,” Brown said.

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