Storm Watch: Wind Advisory in effect until midnight

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MANCHESTER, NH – Stormy weather will be with us Friday, as a powerful coastal storm which developed off the southern coast of New England will bring rain, wind and snow.

According to the National Weather Service, as warmer maritime air pushes inland this may allow stronger wind gusts to mix down into the northern regions. Strongest wind effects will be felt on the NH seacoast and coastal York County Maine, with gusts expected up to  60 mph. Along the coast of western Maine from Portland northward as well as the rest of the coastal plain and interior southeastern New Hampshire, stronger wind gusts are likely. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph can be expected.

A wind advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m. on March 2 to midnight.

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

Timing: Winds are expected to increase Friday morning, with the strongest winds likely by afternoon and evening.

Impacts: Strong wind gusts may lead to downed limbs, resulting in power outages.

Extended forecast below:

Friday
Rain. High near 38. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday night
Rain and snow likely before 8pm, then a chance of snow between 8pm and 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Windy, with a north wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 41. North wind around 10 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of snow after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Wednesday
Rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night
Rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday
Rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
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