Digging out again: Snowblind on the ides of February, winter fatigue and the week ahead

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My shovel refuses to come out of the snow pile. Honest.
My shovel refuses to come out of the snow pile. Honest.

MANCHESTER, NH — Another day, another citywide Snow Emergency beginning 10 p.m. Feb. 15 until 6 a.m. Feb. 16.

And this just in: School will be delayed two hours on Feb. 16, according to the Manchester School District.

As always, Snow Emergency parking is available at:

  • Victory Parking Garage at 25 Vine St., between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Vehicles parking outside these times will be subject to parking fees of $.75 per hour.
  • Pearl Street Parking Lot on Orange Street between Elm and Chestnut is also available between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.  Unauthorized vehicles in the lot outside of these times will be subject to parking tickets.

Vehicles that are impounded will be stored at the City’s Vehicle Impoundment Area, located in Derryfield Park off of Bridge Street.  In order to recover an impounded vehicle, the owner will be required to present proof of ownership and make a payment of $110 in cash.  This must be done within 24 hours of the time when the vehicle was towed.  Vehicles not recovered within 24 hours will be subject to additional towing and storage charges. [Go to www.manchesternh.gov/snow to sign up for automatic e-mail or text notifications of Snow Emergencies.]

Yes, the Valentine’s Day weekend blizzard has prompted many cancellations, and local businesses are making the most of Facebook to announce delayed openings Sunday.

It has also prompted a stern warning from State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan, on the real hazard of roof collapse from excessive snow load. You can read more here on that here, including a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Screenshot 2015-02-15 at 10.21.25 AMAccording to current weather maps, the storm mid-morning on Sunday is drifting out to sea with the most obvious impact south of New Hampshire, including Boston, which has accumulated nearly 90 inches of snow in the past few weeks.

Manchester’s biggest hurdle — as it is everywhere else around New England — is finding places to put the snow and properly clear narrow or hilly streets and sidewalks, accounting in part for Monday’s two-hour school delay.

Click here to send in your snow photos and we’ll add them to our spectacular photo gallery!

Speaking of school, the district has released an updated school calendar due to snow days, which targets the last official day of school as June 23 — that’s two days after the official start of summer, by the way.

Revised MSD School Calendar 14-15 (180 Days).Revised 2.11

Below are some unofficial snow totals, for those wondering:

Unofficial snow totals based on NWS "Weather Spotters"Hillsborough County 
   Hudson                11.5   936 am  2/15                          
   Nashua                10.0   620 am  2/15                                      New Boston             9.8   941 am  2/15                          
   S Hudson               9.0   743 am  2/15                          
   Merrimack              8.5   606 am  2/15                          
   Manchester             8.5   624 am  2/15  (WMUR studio)
Screenshot 2015-02-15 at 11.59.38 AM
Eversource Energy outage map as of noon on Feb. 15.

Also, Eversource Energy (formerly PSNH) is beginning to track outages. So far, Manchester is in the clear, although neighboring Bedford has some outage reports. With single-digit and below 0 temperatures ahead, losing power is not a great prospect. Here’s hoping we all stay electrified and warm.

City meetings are on schedule for Tuesday Feb. 17. Here’s the rundown:

So where does that leave us?

Well, here’s what the Weather Underground has to say — a few more inches of accumulation before it’s over, and the forecast for your week ahead:

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Monday Feb. 16.

Hazard types: Blowing snow and blizzard conditions.

Accumulations: Additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches Sunday.

Timing: Snowfall is ending today but blowing snow will continue into tonight.

Impacts: Blowing snow will lead to blizzard conditions at times. Travel will be dangerous with snow covered roads and low visibility. Wind chill values are expected to be well below zero.

Winds: Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Temperatures: In the teens above zero to the single digits below zero.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: 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.

Your week ahead at a glance:

Sunday 20% Precip. / 0 in

Partly cloudy and windy. A few flurries are possible. High 13F. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph.

Sunday Night 0% Precip. / 0 inWindy with clear skies. Low -7F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Monday02/1614 | -3 °F
Monday 0% Precip. / 0 inMainly sunny. High 14F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
Monday Night 0% Precip. / 0 inMostly clear during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low -3F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday02/1721 | 1 °F
Tuesday 60% Precip. / 1-3 inOccasional snow showers. High 21F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Tuesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 inA few clouds from time to time. Low 1F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday02/1826 | 5 °F
Wednesday 30% Precip. / < 1 inVariably cloudy with light snow flurries possible. High 26F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 inCloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low around 5F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday02/1917 | -5 °F
Thursday 10% Precip. / 0 inGenerally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 17F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night 0% Precip. / 0 inA mostly clear sky. Low near -5F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday02/2012 | -3 °F
Friday 0% Precip. / 0 inMainly sunny. High 12F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night 0% Precip. / 0 inClear. Low -3F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday02/2123 | 16 °F
Saturday 30% Precip. / < 1 inMostly sunny skies early. A few snow showers developing later in the day. High 23F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday Night 60% Precip. / 1-3 inVariable clouds with snow showers. Low 16F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 60%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Sunday02/2230 | 19 °F
Sunday 60% Precip. / ~ 1 inSnow showers will become more widely scattered in the afternoon. High around 30F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. About one inch of snow expected.
Sunday Night 20% Precip. / 0 inPartly cloudy. Low 19F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!