UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Jan. 19, 2019: The National Weather Service out of Gray, Maine, has updated the Winter Storm Warning to include heavy mixed precipitation with total snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches, and ice accumulation of around one-tenth of an inch.
MANCHESTER, NH — A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 19 to 1 a.m. Monday Jan. 21. Due to expected heavy snowfall overnight Saturday into Sunday, the City of Manchester has issued a Snow Emergency, meaning no overnight parking.
The Snow Emergency goes into effect at 10 p.m. Jan. 19 and remains in effect until 6 a.m. on Jan. 20. More on that below.
How much snow?
According to the National Weather Service accumulations of 10 to 16 inches is forecast in our area. Snow is expected to arrive in the greater Manchester Saturday evening, according to the Weather Underground and transition into a wintry mix Sunday morning around 7 a.m. Winds will reach about 17 mph at the height of the storm, and overnight temperatures Sunday and Monday are expected to hover in the single digits.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions and hazardous or impossible travel conditions. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. For a more precise forecast for your specific location go to www.weather.gov/gray.
What to do in a Snow Emergency
Upon declaration of a Snow Emergency, any vehicle parked on the streets will be towed and impounded by the city. Look for the blinking strobe lights placed at various intersections throughout the City or call the Highway Department at 603-624-6444 with any questions
Sanctioned Snow Emergency parking is available in three places:
Victory Parking Garage at 25 Vine Street between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Vehicles parking outside these times will be subject to parking fees of $.75 per hour and can be paid at any meter in the garage.
Pearl Street Parking Lot located off Orange Street between Elm and Chestnut Streets is available between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Unauthorized vehicles in the lot outside of these times will be subject to parking tickets.
Behind West Side Arena located at 2 Electric Street is also available between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Unauthorized vehicles in this lot outside of these times will be subject to towing and 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. 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.