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Deep freeze to continue; 'We won't see 32 degrees anytime soon'

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 01. 2018 9:06PM
A pair of pedestrians fight the wind and snowfall on Elm Street in Manchester just before Christmas. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER File)

Meteorologists have a message for anyone hoping temperatures will climb above freezing in the Granite State this week.

“Bundle up,” said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. “We won’t see 32 degrees again anytime soon.”

Following lows below zero Monday night, Schwibs said the long-range forecast for New Hampshire shows temperatures climbing out of the single digits to reach highs in the mid-20s on Wednesday — before plunging again next weekend.

“It’s looking like the forecast highs on Saturday are below zero in the greater Manchester area, and lower the farther north you go,” said Schwibs.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, holiday vacations for more than 20 school districts — most of them in the northern part of the state — were extended by a couple of hours, with officials announcing two-hour delayed openings due to anticipated below-zero temperatures.

Schwibs said the forecast doesn’t show any sign of highs topping 32 degrees through Jan. 14.

He said a very strong coastal storm will develop well offshore to the south on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

“It looks like it will be just too far out there to bring any real snow to New Hampshire,” said Schwibs.

“There could be an inch or two of very light, fluffy snow over the interior, maybe three inches along the coast, but that’s it. If anything, the storm will help reinforce the cold air rushing into the region.”

Any snow from the mid-week storm would fall on Thursday, ending Thursday night ahead of another steep temperature drop.


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