MANCHESTER, NH – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in advance of a “major coastal storm” possible Thursday and Thursday Night.
Low pressure will take shape east of Florida during the day Wednesday and then rapidly strengthen as it lifts north to a position off the New England coast on Thursday and into the Canadian maritimes Thursday night. This storm has the potential to bring heavy snow and strong winds, especially to coastal sections of Maine and New Hampshire where blizzard conditions are possible.
Some uncertainty remains with regard to the exact track of this storm, so stay tuned to continuing updates. As this storm departs on Friday, bitterly cold air will arrive from Canada, along with strong northwesterly winds.
Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
Below is the weather rundown for the foreseeable future:
Sunny, with a high near 23. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
A 40 percent chance of snow after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 9. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight.
Snow. High near 23. Blustery, with a north wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Snow likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Areas of blowing snow. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 9.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around -8.
Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 3.
Mostly clear, with a low around -10.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 15.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.
A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.
Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.