Heartless Winter: Valentine’s Day weekend blizzard delivering more snow to NH

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Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 3.54.29 PMMANCHESTER, NH — Cupid’s slings and arrows will be slowed by a weekend blizzard, expected to dump at least another foot of snow on snow-weary New Englanders, according to the Weather Underground.

A Blizzard Watch remains in effect from Saturday noon Feb. 14 through 7 a.m. Monday Feb. 16  for Cheshire and Hillsborough counties. The storm was elevated from a Winter Storm Watch to a Blizzard Watch on Feb. 14, which means visibility will be poor due to whiteout conditions and the snow totals were upped, from 8-11 inches to 11-18 inches for Hillsborough County,

The city of Manchester issued a Winter Parking Emergency beginning at 10 p.m. Feb. 14-6 a.m. on Feb. 15. Can we all agree that until spring thaw there will likely be a parking issue and it’s best not to leave your car vulnerable to towing? Always watch for the flashing strobes on top of traffic signals if you’re not sure about the winter emergency status. Here’s a link to what you need to know.

Also, here’s a reminder from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport:

“Gearing up for another round of snow, wind, cold etc., this weekend. With school vacation weeks upon us, most flights are full (all week) so if you’re scheduled to travel, please plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your flight. And, remember to check with your airline regarding flight status. We’ll do our best to keep them flying!”

Storm outlook via AccuWeather.
Storm outlook via AccuWeather.

Below is the official current rundown as of 10 a.m. on Feb. 14. As always, it’s subject to change until the storm actually bears down on us, and ends:

Hazard types: Heavy snow blowing snow and blizzard conditions.

Accumulations of 11 to 18 inches.

Timing: Light snow begins around midday Saturday and increases in intensity Saturday night becoming heavy at times through Sunday afternoon. Snow ends Sunday night but blowing snow continues into early Monday.

Impacts: Heavy snow and blowing snow could lead to blizzard conditions at times. Travel will be dangerous or impossible with snow covered roads and low visibility.

Winds: Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Visibility: Near zero at times.

Temperatures: In the single digits and teens.

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.

As for the 10-day forecast, weather.com says more snow could be coming by mid-week. Read it and weep. 

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Carol Robidoux

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