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Snow on the way across the state

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 06. 2018 10:51PM
Manchester public works driver Scott Gordon power washes his sidewalk snow thrower at the DPW garage prior to a storm last month. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER File)



Parts of New Hampshire could receive up to a foot of snow from a storm expected to begin this morning, according to forecasters.

A winter storm watch is in effect across the state from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with snow expected to begin falling between 9 and 10 a.m. in southern portions of the state. By noon, “flakes should be flying” across all of New Hampshire, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The rate of snowfall is expected to pick up by mid-afternoon, with forecasters predicting rates of one to two inches per hour in time for the afternoon commute. The heaviest snowfall is expected to wrap up by 10 p.m., with all precipitation ending around midnight.

Forecasters say most of the state will receive snow, though the rain-snow line in southern New Hampshire is hard to predict. Precipitation there could change over to sleet, freezing rain or rain for a time, forecasters said.

A majority of the state can expect to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow, while some 12-inch totals are possible in higher-elevation spots.

Communities in southeastern New Hampshire, will likely see between 3-6 inches, while far northern areas of the state could see 4-7 inches.

By 8 p.m. Tuesday, school districts were canceling classes, including Litchfield, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Milford, Concord, Mont Vernon, Franklin, Keene, Laconia and Tilton.

Early dismissals were announced by Bedford, Hudson, Londonderry, Hanover, Pelham, Hampton Falls, Hampstead, Groveton and Littleton.

Manchester announced that middle schools will be dismissed at noon, elementary and high schools at 12:53 p.m. In addition, morning and afternoon preschool and all after-school activities, including athletics, were canceled.

Manchester school officials say the district has already used all five snow days built into the academic calendar posted for 2017-2018. As of Tuesday, the last day of school in Manchester is scheduled for June 12, according to Andrea Alley, school communications coordinator.

“Any more full snow days will be added on to the end of the year,” said Alley. “We’ve had one delay so far, and that does not need to be made up.”

According to Alley, three two-hour snow delays equal one additional snow day added to the academic calendar moving forward.

Nashua canceled classes for today.

The Nashua Teachers’ Union rejected a proposal last week that would have extended the school day by 14 minutes in an effort to make up for three of the five days the district had missed because of snow.

As of Tuesday, the last day of school in Nashua was scheduled to be June 20.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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