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Mar 13, 2017 5:57 PM

Blizzard hits NH causing power outages as state braces for 1 to 2 feet of snow

NH1 Meteorologist

Blizzard warnings have been issued for southeast New Hampshire, where the combination of heavy snow and strong winds will create whiteout conditions during the height of the nor'easter Tuesday afternoon.

Snow will move in Tuesday morning, and quickly become heavy. The heaviest snow will fall from around 12 p.m. through early evening.

Driving will be dangerous and nearly impossible during the height of the storm. Roads may become impassable, and those driving are putting others at risk by being on the roads.

FULL FORECAST: Expected snow totals, timeline

The National Weather Service issued the warnings for Rockingham, Strafford, and eastern Hillsborough counties, where official blizzard criteria has the highest chance of being met.

The rest of New Hampshire is in a winter storm warning.

Wind is a concern statewide, but especially in southeast New Hampshire. Northeasterly wind gusts between 50 and 60 mph are possible. Some higher gusts cannot be ruled out. Combined with heavy, wet snow, power outages are likely.

MORE: Tuesday's nor'easter to bring 60+ mph wind gusts, could leave thousands without power

It's impossible to predict the extent of outages ahead of time, but this is one of those storms that could produce tens of thousands in outages.

BLIZZARD DEFINITION

A storm is officially considered a blizzard when the following criteria is met at a particular location: Frequent wind gusts to 35 mph and quarter-mile or lower visibility in snow (which can be blowing, drifting, falling, or all three), for at least three consecutive hours.

The odds are highest of this official criteria occurring in southeast New Hampshire.

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