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Photo from the summit of Mount Washington Sunday; courtesy @MWObs.

May 15, 2017 9:44 AM

NH's Mount Washington buried by over 20 inches of snow Mother's Day weekend

NH1 Meteorologist

It looks much more like Christmas Day than Mother's Day on New Hampshire's Mount Washington.

The nor'easter responsible for 1 to 3 inches of rain and a 'surprise' snowfall in parts of the state is dumping nearly two feet of snow on the summit of Mount Washington.

Cold air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere resulted in a brief change from rain to snow in the higher elevations of western New Hampshire early Sunday morning. Over six inches accumulated in parts of the Monadnock and Lake Sunapee regions.

Through 9 a.m. Monday, 21.9 inches of snow had accumulated on the summit of Mount Washington since Sunday morning. It will continue to snow throughout the day on Monday.

The Mount Washington Auto Road has closed for Monday, until road conditions at lower elevations of the mountain improve. The road recently opened to treeline for the season.

Ryan Knapp, staff meteorologist at Mount Washington Observatory, warns as a result of the weekend snow "trail and summit conditions have returned to full-on winter conditions and hikers should be prepared as they would for a winter hike despite it being mid-May."

Wind gusts to 85 mph are expected on the summit Monday as the nor'easter pulls away.

Observers celebrated Mother's Day appropriately on Sunday, by forming a heart in the snow.

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