Saturday’s weather: Snow day!

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Saturday’s Weather

Much colder air today sets the stage for the first widespread moderate to heavy snowfall of the season. A large swath of 4 to 7 inches is expected this afternoon through early tomorrow morning.
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5-Day Outlook Dec. 18 – Dec. 21

Today: Cloudy with snow developing by noon (1-2″). High 34 Winds: NE 5-10 mph
Tonight: Periods of snow (3-6″). Low 28 Winds: NE 5-15 mph
Sunday: Early flurries followed by some sun with a brisk wind. High 34 (feels like 19) Winds: NNW 15-25+
Sunday night: Mainly clear & colder. Low 15 Winds: NNW 5-15 mph
Monday: Mostly sunny & cold. High 31 Winds: Light & Variable
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low 22 Winds: Light & Variable
Tuesday (First day of Winter): Mix of sun & clouds. High 38 Winds: W 5-15 mph
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy & cold. Low 17 Winds: Light & Variable
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 35 Winds: Light & Variable
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low 19 Winds: WNW 5-10 mph

Travel Advisory


WHAT…Heavy snow is expected. Total snow accumulations between 4 and 7 inches.

WHERE…Portions of central, northern, and southern New Hampshire.

WHEN…From 1 PM Saturday to 11 AM EST Sunday.

IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult due to low visibility and snow-covered roads.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Weather Flashback

It was a year ago yesterday when parts of New Hampshire received 40+ inches of snow as a super snow band developed with a storm and tracked from Pennsylvania to Maine.

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Weather Patterns We’re Watching

The 7 days before Christmas forecast: Sleet and freezing rain possible in the morning followed by some snow in the afternoon.

Your favorite ski areas estimated opening dates are listed below

Our favorite ski areas estimated opening dates are listed below Check out conditions on the slopes via Ski NH: Conditions – Ski New Hampshire

Mother Nature said these are subject to change and to check ski area websites for the most up-to-date opening dates.

Open: Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Cannon Mountain, Mount Sunapee Resort, Ragged Mountain Resort, Waterville Valley Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Attitash Mountain Resort, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Pats Peak, Cranmore Mountain Resort, McIntyre Ski Area, King Pine Ski Area

December 19 – Dartmouth Skiway

December 26 – Abenaki Ski Area, Whaleback Mountain, Black Mountain

Forecast for the White Mountains

Summits above 4,000 feet in Northern New Hampshire:

Today: Summits obscured. Snow in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds around 40 mph in the morning. Winds northeast in the afternoon. At elevations above 5000 feet, north winds around 55 mph in the morning. Chance of snow 90 percent. Wind chill values as low as 23 below.

Elevations between 2,500 and 4,000 feet in Northern New Hampshire:

Today: Summits obscured. A chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. Northeast winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Chance of snow 50 percent. Wind chill values as low as13 below.

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About this Author

Rick Gordon

Rick is a native of Red Hill, PA, and is a former Chief Meteorologist at WMUR-TV. He currently teaches ninth-grade physical science at Central High School. His past adventures in weather-watching include a stint as on-air meteorologist for WSEE in Erie, PA; meteorologist with D&M Weather Services in Pittsburgh, PA; AccuWeather in State College, PA; and weather guy for KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He studied meteorology at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA (aka God’s Country) and currently lives in Wells Beach, Maine.