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UPDATED Feb. 9: School is canceled for Feb. 10. Roads are clogged with snow, air travel is hit or miss, and Boston has shut down MBTA for Tuesday Feb. 10. There’s more, which you can find here.
Click here for the latest on the weather and airport cancellations.
Click here for an update from the city of Manchester regarding tonight’s snow emergency and plowing issues.
Updated Feb. 7: Here is the latest from the National Weather Service, which has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Hillsborough County this weekend, beginning Saturday night Feb. 7 into Monday night, Feb. 8:
Accumulations: Snow accumulation of 12-18 inches possible.
Timing: Light snow will start Saturday night and continue without much break right through Monday. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night or Monday.
Impacts: Roads will become snow covered and slippery. The additional snow to what has already fallen over the last couple of weeks will continue to add weight to any snow-covered roofs. Snow removal could prove to be difficult in some areas due to the already large snow banks in place.
Winds: Northeast 10 to 15 mph.
Temperatures: Mainly in the single digits and teens.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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Feb. 5, 2015 – After hearing rumors about an impending long stretch of snow, I had to call the experts at the National Weather Service for the scoop. I started by calling the Taunton, Mass., call center and got meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell on the line.
“What’s going on?” I asked him.
“It’s winter in New England, ma’am,” he said.
Yes, it’s winter in New England, all right – and despite stating the obvious, Sipprell helped me refocus on the fact that, even if we do see another foot of snow between now and Tuesday, as forecast, it’s going to be so gradual that we’ll hardly even notice it.
Our biggest problem, said Sipprell, will likely be where to park.
That inspired me.
I’m building a gallery of your snow photos.
Having trouble parking on your street? Send it. Kids building an amazing structure with all this raw material? Send it. Dog romping? You shoveling? Mailbox buried? Send, send, send.
Text photos to 603-930-0640 and I’ll add them to the gallery above. Don’t forget to tell me your name and where your photo was taken. You can also tag me on Instagram I’ll see that your photos shows up in our feed. [For those of you kicking it old school, feel free to email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Snow Emergency Tonight
You should be aware that the Public Works Director has again declared a citywide snow emergency, which means no parking on city streets from 10 p.m. Feb. 5 through 6 a.m. Feb. 6. Any vehicle parked on the streets will be towed and impounded. Look for the blinking strobe lights placed at various intersections throughout the City, listen to local radio or TV stations, or call the Highway Department at 603-624-6444 with any questions
Snow Emergency parking is available at the following locations:
Victory Parking Garage at 25 Vine Street between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 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 Pearl and Chestnut is also available between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 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.
Back to the weather forecast
Because I am a fan of second opinions, I also called the National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine, which turns out to be our new official weather outpost here in Manchester, a new development since December.
Meteorologist Tom Hawley agreed with Sipprell that we are indeed experiencing winter in New England. He also told me that the skies in Manchester would be clearing momentarily, and I should see some sun to the west (which came true immediately!)
He also said the next significant threat of snow will be Sunday night, continuing intermittently through Tuesday. Depending on where you are, it could mean another several inches to a foot of snow by the time the weather system moves on.
We haven’t reached record-breaking snow totals – yet. But we’re only about halfway through winter, Hawley reminded me.
Hawley also mentioned that we are right now experiencing colder than average temperatures, which will continue to stay unusually low through most of February, with below zero temps at night and single digits to teens during the days.
“The normal high in Manchester for this time of year is 35, and we’ve seen temperatures 10-15 degrees below normal, and I don’t see us getting to normal at least over the next seven to 10 days,” Hawley said.