MANCHESTER, NH – We are so close to calendar spring, and yet, so far.
Another winter storm is forecast to blow through New England, named Skylar by the Weather Channel, but don’t let that wisp of a name fool you. Skylar is packing some punch.
Here are five things we know:
- Widespread snow across the region is expected, according to the National Weather Service, with accumulations between 7-14 inches in New Hampshire depending on where you live – and up to 18 inches for those living in coastal areas. Ultimately, we’ll see when it gets here.
- This Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from about 11 p.m. March 12 until 8 a.m. on March 14. We’ll update you here and via our Facebook page on any emergency parking bans (watch for the flashing lights at traffic signal intersections) or sign up for Nixle alerts here to be notified directly.
- A bombogenesis or weather bomb of a storm refers to a rapidly-intensifying low pressure system that brings with it high winds and intense snowfall. This is one of those. In fact, most nor’easters qualify as weather bombs due to the swift movement up the coast, carried by easterly winds, and compounded by a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure – in geek speak, this happens when the central pressure of a low-pressure system drops at least 24 millibars within 24 hours.
- High winds and heavy wet snow create perfect conditions for power outages, so be prepared – if you have a generator, make sure you set it up a safe distance from any open windows, and never operate them indoors. In case of an outage, Eversource customers should phone a friend at 1-800-592-2000 to make sure you’re on the repair radar, or by using this online form.
- Skylar has already dumped 10 inches of snow in Lexington, Kentucky, where the annual average snowfall is usually about 12 inches. All that really means to us is that, depending on which way the wind blows the gulf stream flows, we’re going to have to wait for actual signs of spring instead of celebrating the Spring Equinox, which by the calendar, is scheduled for March 20 at 12:15 p.m.