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Weekend snow watch posted

December 27. 2013 8:55PM

GRAY, Maine — The National Weather Service late Friday posted a winter storm watch for Sunday night into Monday morning.

But meteorologist Steve Capriola said it was only a watch at the moment and it appeared that the most significant snowfall could increase the misery of people in Maine who are still dealing with the effects of last week's ice storm.

If nothing changes, said Capriola, the heaviest snowfall in New Hampshire would be in a small part of Carroll County, where there could be as much as 6 inches by Monday morning.

He said there would be less snow to the west and north, but even in Concord, he said: "It will be plowable snow."

On the Seacoast, where the temperature is higher, it could be a mix of snow and rain, but temperatures are critical in determining that.

As of late afternnoon Friday, the expectation was that the snow would begin late Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday morning, perhaps a 12-hour snow.

But in advance of the snow, high pressure building south of the area will provide mainly fair and milder conditions Saturday.

The weather service has already posted a small craft advisory along the Seacoast, from southern New Jersey to the northern tip of the Maine coast.

The service said that once the snow ends Monday, expect colder temperatures.

Capriola said late Friday afternoon that an update had just been posted, as they are frequently. So if the "watch" needs to become a "warning," or the storm changes direction, the National Weather Service will keep the public informed about those changes.

By late Friday afternoon, the NWS office in Taunton, Mass., which posts conditions for southern New Hampshire had not posted a winter storm watch.

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