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Feb 8, 2016 10:53 AM

NH1 FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Snow to fall at noon - parts of NH under Winter Storm Warning

NH1 Chief Meteorologist - NH1.com

A huge storm is tracking hundreds of miles off the coast of New England, but it's impacts are far reaching!


It has an eye-like feature like a hurricane showing a fully mature and powerful cyclone. It is like a winter Hurricane churning the Atlantic waters with seas up to 20-30+ feet near the area of low pressure. A band of heavy snow has pushed into Southern New England this morning. This band of snow is also coming with gusty winds as high as 50-60 mph for the eastern Massachusetts coastline.

High pressure to our north is supplying plenty of cold dry air into New Hampshire this morning. Highs today will only be in the lower 20's. With gusty winds from the northeast up to 20-40 mph, wind chills will be feeling in the single digits and lower teens today. Snow will begin to spread into southern New Hampshire between 11 a.m. and noon.

The snow will keep spreading north during the afternoon. I expect snow covered roads and slipper travel for the evening commute with numerous delays and accidents possible. The snow will fall through the evening, and begin to wind down around 3 or 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A widespread 3-6 inch snowfall is likely across the state. There could be a locally heavier amounts in Rockingham county with the potential of 6-8". Lesser amounts in the NW valleys and where a general 1-3" of snow will fall. The White Mountains should pick up a 2-4" snowfall tonight.

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds is creating blizzard conditions for southeastern Massachusetts, along with battering waves at the coast creating minor coastal flooding. The weather is much more extreme just to our south in southern New England where some areas will be seeing over a foot of snow.

Joe Joyce is the Chief Meteorologist for NH1 News. You can email him at jjoyce@nh1.com and follow him on Twitter, @JoeJoyceNH1.


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