Feb 5, 2016 12:03 AM

NH1 FIRST ALERT WEATHER WARNING: Snowy Friday Morning Commute!

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

Snow is spreading into New Hampshire this morning rapidly and conditions are going downhill on the roadways. Cold air has returned back into New England at exactly the same time as this arriving moisture.


A front remains stalled off the coast with a wave of low pressure riding along the stalled front which will track south east of New England today. A steady feed of moisture is being directed into the cold air by our upper level winds, and we are tracking a pretty intense band of snow which will be filling in for the morning commute and the rest of the morning. Travelling on the roads is not advised during the morning, but sometimes you just have to get to work. I expect numerous accident on the roads, in fact this morning commute could be one of the worse commutes we have seen in awhile...simple because people have to get to their jobs one way or the other. There is just no way around this one.

The heaviest snow will fall southern New England where there is a Winter Storm Warning in place. Snowfall totals will reach 6-10" across eastern MA. It will be a heavy wet snow due to the warmer temps near 32 which makes for the snow flakes to contain more water to them, compared if the temperature was 20. The snowflakes would be more crystalized and would be a fluffier snow. The heavy wet snow will have a lower snow ratio of about 8-1...meaning for every Inch of liquid...we will see about 8" of snow. This will play a big role in our expected snowfall accumulations. The window of heaviest snow will be from 6 AM through Noon. Some isolated power outages will be possible in spots who get over 6" of snow as snow will be sticking to power lines. The snow will linger into the early afternoon, but eventually tape off by 3 PM and be over. The best time for any travel will be this evening after the roads have some time to recover.

The snowfall in New Hampshire will depend upon where you are. Unfortunately, for the mountain who are desperately craving a good snow storm...they will be missing out on this one. They could see a little light snow in the morning, but nothing more than a coating to 2" is expected for ski country. The Lakes will see about 1-2", Conway to Concord to Keen will see about 1-3" of snow. Amounts start to add up quickly heading farther south and east. Manchester will see about 4-5" of snow. Nashua, Derry, Salem, Portsmouth to Dover all have the potential to see 4-6" of snow with a few higher amounts possible closer to the MA border.

We will be streaming live weather coverage on NH1. com through the morning on Friday. Please follow me on twitter at @joejoycenh1, and you can also like my Meteorologist Joe Joyce facebook page for frequent convenient weather updates! Thanks for following NH1 weather!


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