MANCHESTER, NH – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area beginning Wednesday morning.
A fast moving system is expected to spread snow rapidly across the region Feb. 7. The snow may become heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and night before ending late. Over southeast New Hampshire and parts of the immediate coast of Maine a mix of sleet and rain may briefly occur, keeping some snowfall amounts lower. The system will exit into the maritimes late Thursday night with clearing expected in its wake.
- Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 10 inches are possible.
- Portions of, central, northern and southern New Hampshire and southwest Maine.
- From Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.
- Significant reductions in visibility are possible.
- A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
In advance of Wednesday’s storm, the New Hampshire State Police sent out a reminder to the public to slow down when driving in hazardous conditions, particularly in poor weather conditions.
Over the weekend state police responded to 94 vehicle crashes and/or vehicles off the road, with a higher concentration of these incidents on I-93 from the Concord area and south to the Massachusetts border, on the Everett Turnpike, on I-89, and on I-95, including a state police cruiser struck by a motorist while responding to a crash on I-89 Monday.
During inclement weather, if you must be on the roadways, state police advise travelers to observe the following rules of the road:
- Slow down to a speed that is reasonable for these conditions
- Move over for emergency vehicles
- Heed the warnings listed on the DOT messaging signs
- Give more space between your vehicle and others in an effort to give you increased reaction time
- Don’t drive distracted; and please wear your seatbelt.