MANCHESTER, NH – A blockbuster blizzard barreled into Manchester Thursday, dumping 14 inches of snow in the Greater Manchester area, preemptively shutting down schools and crippling much of the city.
Manchester School officials announced Thursday afternoon that schools would remain closed Jan. 5 due to extreme weather conditions.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning Thursday, which remains in effect until 4 a.m. on Friday, followed by “dangerously cold wind chills” possible. Poor visibility made for poor travel conditions on all NH roadways, and continued blustery winds could lead to falling tree branches.
Additional snow accumulations of a dusting to two inches are expected before morning, and wind chills could range from 5 below zero to 20 below zero across portions of central and southern New Hampshire and, south central and southwest Maine.
A Wind Chill Watch will remain in effect through Sunday morning. Gusty winds are expected into the weekend and dangerously cold wind chills are likely. Another round of accumulating snow is possible Monday night into Tuesday.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. For a more precise forecast for your specific location go to www.weather.gov/gray. A Wind Chill Watch means there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation.