Incoming nor’easter to bring heavy, wet snow, gusty winds to New Hampshire

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It might be spring, but a strong nor’easter bringing wet snow, heavy rain and gusty winds will have a big impact in New Hampshire from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday night.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state starting Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. A coastal flood watch is also in effect at the coastline for Thursday morning.>> National Weather Service alerts and bulletins TIMINGExpect a long-duration period of wet snow and a wintry mix from late Wednesday morning through Thursday night. >> Interactive RadarThe initial precipitation is expected to move in late Wednesday morning in southwestern parts of the state in the form of a light wintry mix. It should arrive in central areas around 2 p.m. and northern spots around 4 p.m. in the form of wet snow. The precipitation will increase in intensity late Wednesday and especially Wednesday evening. All precipitation will continue to increase in intensity and change to all snow overnight into Thursday, but it is possible mixing will linger right near the coastline. The storm will make its closest pass Thursday and start to pull away Thursday night.The heaviest precipitation should wrap up Thursday night, with some lingering light rain and snow showers possible Friday and Saturday.>> See the latest hour-by-hour storm timeline for snow, wintry mix and wind gusts:Travel conditions will likely be at their most difficult later Wednesday throughout much of the day Thursday. PROJECTED AMOUNTS & PRECIPITATION TYPESThe precipitation should start as a mix of snow and sleet with some pockets of heavy rain at the coastline and in southern communities before eventually changing to snow. Up north, it’ll be all snow as it arrives and continue that way for the duration of the event.The precipitation will likely convert to snow, even in southern areas, by early Thursday.Expect 12-18 inches, or more, of snow across the eastern White Mountains, in the Mount Washington Valley and across parts of the North Country and Lakes Region. About 12-18 inches are also possible in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. In parts of the northern North Country, the Upper Valley, the Monadnock Region and areas from Concord and Manchester to Rochester and Dover, 6-12 inches are possible. About 3-6 inches could accumulate in far southwestern areas of the state and also from Nashua to Portsmouth. Lesser amounts are possible at the coastline and in extreme southern communities where the heavy rain and wintry mix hang on for the longest. There will be minimal additional accumulation with the lighter showers on Friday.OTHER IMPACTSThe snow’s consistency will be heavy and wet, and that, combined with winds gusting over 35-40 mph, will lead to scattered power outages.The highest wind gusts will be in some of the higher terrain and western sides of the mountains in northern New Hampshire and at the coastline, but they will also be strong at times elsewhere. Winds will be strongest from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon and should die down Thursday night into Friday.The storm is also causing concerns at the coastline, as a coastal flood watch is now in effect. The high tide at Hampton Beach at 7:41 a.m. Thursday is the one to watch. Winds will be strong out of the east and northeast as the storm passes by offshore. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible, along with minor beach erosion. LOOKING AHEADAfter the light showers move out Friday, conditions will gradually improve over the weekend. Expect a passing rain or snow shower Saturday and partial sunshine Sunday.So far, it looks quiet and mostly sunny for Monday, when the total solar eclipse occurs in parts of northern New Hampshire. The rest of the state will see a partial eclipse. So, make sure to have a pair of eclipse glasses handy. Stay with the Storm Watch 9 team for updates.Be weather-aware! Download the WMUR app for Apple or Android devices and turn on push notifications. You can choose to receive weather alerts for your geolocation and/or up to three ZIP codes. In addition, you can receive word when precipitation is coming to your area.Get storm coverage through the free Very Local app on your smart TV.Follow the Storm Watch 9 team on social media:Mike Haddad: Facebook | XKevin Skarupa: Facebook | XHayley LaPoint: Facebook | XJacqueline Thomas: Facebook | XMatt Hoenig: Facebook | X

It might be spring, but a strong nor’easter bringing wet snow, heavy rain and gusty winds will have a big impact in New Hampshire from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state starting Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. A coastal flood watch is also in effect at the coastline for Thursday morning.

>> National Weather Service alerts and bulletins

TIMING

Expect a long-duration period of wet snow and a wintry mix from late Wednesday morning through Thursday night.

>> Interactive Radar

The initial precipitation is expected to move in late Wednesday morning in southwestern parts of the state in the form of a light wintry mix. It should arrive in central areas around 2 p.m. and northern spots around 4 p.m. in the form of wet snow.

The precipitation will increase in intensity late Wednesday and especially Wednesday evening. All precipitation will continue to increase in intensity and change to all snow overnight into Thursday, but it is possible mixing will linger right near the coastline.

The storm will make its closest pass Thursday and start to pull away Thursday night.

The heaviest precipitation should wrap up Thursday night, with some lingering light rain and snow showers possible Friday and Saturday.

>> See the latest hour-by-hour storm timeline for snow, wintry mix and wind gusts:

Travel conditions will likely be at their most difficult later Wednesday throughout much of the day Thursday.

PROJECTED AMOUNTS & PRECIPITATION TYPES

The precipitation should start as a mix of snow and sleet with some pockets of heavy rain at the coastline and in southern communities before eventually changing to snow. Up north, it’ll be all snow as it arrives and continue that way for the duration of the event.

The precipitation will likely convert to snow, even in southern areas, by early Thursday.

snowfall projection

Expect 12-18 inches, or more, of snow across the eastern White Mountains, in the Mount Washington Valley and across parts of the North Country and Lakes Region. About 12-18 inches are also possible in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. In parts of the northern North Country, the Upper Valley, the Monadnock Region and areas from Concord and Manchester to Rochester and Dover, 6-12 inches are possible. About 3-6 inches could accumulate in far southwestern areas of the state and also from Nashua to Portsmouth. Lesser amounts are possible at the coastline and in extreme southern communities where the heavy rain and wintry mix hang on for the longest.

There will be minimal additional accumulation with the lighter showers on Friday.

OTHER IMPACTS

The snow’s consistency will be heavy and wet, and that, combined with winds gusting over 35-40 mph, will lead to scattered power outages.

future wind gusts

The highest wind gusts will be in some of the higher terrain and western sides of the mountains in northern New Hampshire and at the coastline, but they will also be strong at times elsewhere. Winds will be strongest from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon and should die down Thursday night into Friday.

Coastal flooding possible

The storm is also causing concerns at the coastline, as a coastal flood watch is now in effect. The high tide at Hampton Beach at 7:41 a.m. Thursday is the one to watch. Winds will be strong out of the east and northeast as the storm passes by offshore. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible, along with minor beach erosion.

LOOKING AHEAD

After the light showers move out Friday, conditions will gradually improve over the weekend. Expect a passing rain or snow shower Saturday and partial sunshine Sunday.

So far, it looks quiet and mostly sunny for Monday, when the total solar eclipse occurs in parts of northern New Hampshire. The rest of the state will see a partial eclipse. So, make sure to have a pair of eclipse glasses handy.

Stay with the Storm Watch 9 team for updates.

Be weather-aware! Download the WMUR app for Apple or Android devices and turn on push notifications. You can choose to receive weather alerts for your geolocation and/or up to three ZIP codes. In addition, you can receive word when precipitation is coming to your area.

Get storm coverage through the free Very Local app on your smart TV.

Follow the Storm Watch 9 team on social media:



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