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Feb 15, 2017 4:31 PM

NH1 First Alert Weather Warning: Parts of NH could get another foot as heavy snow bands develop

NH1 Meteorologists

A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to develop Wednesday night, and may dump a foot of snow on parts of eastern New Hampshire.

It is important to understand that in these situations, much like forecasting the amount of rain from summertime thunderstorms, the exact amount of snow will depend on where these localized heavy bands set up. However, the potential exists for a lot of snow in the places that are hit.

Snow will continue in the mountains and north this afternoon, where bursts of moderate to heavy snow are expected through the evening.

This area of snow will start to expand later today and tonight. It will be mild enough initially for rain later this afternoon and this evening in southeast New Hampshire and near the seacoast. However, temperatures will start to drop this evening, and as heavier precipitation develops, rain will change to snow, even near the coast.

Overnight, a narrow band of intense snow is expected to develop from the Lakes Region southeastward to the seacoast. In this band, snow may fall at the rate of an inch or more per hour, quickly accumulating and icing up area roadways.

The heaviest precipitation is likely to fall from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. near the seacoast.

Toward morning, this band of snow will start to weaken and dwindle to scattered snow showers during the morning commute.

However, the damage will be done in the areas that are hit by the band, with the potential for 6 to 10 inches of snow. The zone from Ossipee south along Route 16 to Rochester, southward toward Portsmouth has the highest chance for seeing this amount of snow. There will be some locally higher amounts closer to a foot. Farther west, amounts may quickly increase to only a few inches near Manchester, and even less than that in the Monadnock Region.

Please follow our updates closely throughout the afternoon and evening. Small changes can mean big differences from town to town.

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