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Dec 6, 2016 4:42 PM

NH1 First Alert Weather: Colder air coming to NH, good news for ski country

NH1 Meteorologist

Last December was the warmest on record in Concord, with an average temperature nearly 11 degrees above normal. The tables are turned and this December will turn out to be quite different.

The first shot of cold comes this weekend. Cold air will move into the Granite State with a gusty northwesterly wind later Friday into Saturday.

The core of the cold will be over the region on Saturday, with temperatures running over 10 degrees below normal. High temperatures may only be in the 20s in most of the state. It will be the first day to feel like mid-winter in the mountains, with temperatures in the teens at best on the highest slopes. Skiers and snowboarders will have to prepare for January-like conditions with wind chills in the single digits.


ABOVE: High temperatures on Saturday in the 20s to near 30 degrees.

Odds are increasing a weather system of some sort will impact us later Sunday or Monday. It may not be entirely snow as warmth attempts to move in, but a wintry mix is possible.

This system will be ahead of an even more intense blast of arctic cold, which will build into the northern tier of the United States Tuesday and Wednesday.

ABOVE (Courtesy WSI): European model projection for an intense shot of arctic air next Wednesday.

Later next week, this bitter air may arrive in New Hampshire, in somewhat modified form.

Even though the pattern is turning colder, it may not necessarily be stormier. The jet stream will likely be suppressed south as the cold invades. However, smaller systems do have the opportunity to bring us some wintry weather from time to time.

Either way, this is great news for ski country. Fire up the snow guns!

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