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NH prepares for more snow

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 30. 2017 6:52PM
Manchester plow truck driver Adam Gill catches a set of keys while getting the fleet ready for the spring storm that is expected to bring more snow to the state beginning on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Granite Staters looking forward to spring weather have another dose of winter still to come.

A storm making its way east is expected to arrive just in time for the morning commute Friday and dump as much as a foot of snow on some parts of New Hampshire before wrapping up Saturday afternoon.

“Hopefully this will be winter’s last gasp,” Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Thursday.

Hawley said the storm could be messy, with heavy, wet snow.

“There could be some power outages. It’s going to cling to everything,” Hawley said.

He said the storm isn’t expected to bring much wind with it, unlike the nor’easter that hit March 14 and knocked out power for thousands.

By Thursday evening, some school districts were announcing plans to release students early today.

Accumulation will depend on the timing of the crossover from snow to sleet or rain on Saturday, Hawley said.

“Even though it’s plenty cold enough aloft for snow, there could be a changeover in some areas of southern New Hampshire during the afternoon before the precipitation ends,” he said. “It might not be a clean, all-snow event.”

Forecasters said southern New Hampshire communities like Jaffrey, Rindge and Peterborough could see 8 to 12 inches. Central areas including Concord could also see up to a foot, while Manchester and Nashua are expected to get 6 to 8 inches. Northern areas and the coast should get less, 4 to 6 inches.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s both days, cold enough for the snow to stick, especially when the storm picks up this afternoon and evening.

The extended winter is welcome at New Hampshire’s ski areas.

“It’s just going to be perfect spring skiing conditions,” said Jessyca Keeler, executive director of Ski NH. “Sometimes we get to a point in the ski season when people start their spring activities and kind of stop thinking about it. I think that this is just going to remind people that there’s still skiing to do.”

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