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January 01. 2014 1:28PM

Nor'easter to bring snow, frigid wind chills to NH

A bone-chilling nor'easter set to hit Thursday and Friday could bring near-blizzard conditions to New Hampshire's Seacoast region and drop more than a foot of snow in some areas.

"It'll be a difficult time to be out," warned John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Snow combined with subzero wind chills will create nasty conditions in central and southern New Hampshire, where winter storm watches were posted for Thursday morning into Friday morning.

A storm along the Mid-Atlantic coast will merge with another low pressure system from the Ohio Valley Thursday night and pass southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

While the storm isn't expected to move up the New England coast, forecasters said it'll still pack quite a punch.

The frigid air moving into the region will create a powdery snow that'll blow and drift and quickly add up.

"It will be a dry, fluffy snow so it won't take a lot. The snow tends to pile up a little quicker than it normally would," Cannon said.

The Seacoast region will likely be the hardest hit, Cannon said. The weather service expects 10 to 14 inches there, with 6 to 10 inches elsewhere and lesser amounts in northern areas.

By Thursday afternoon and especially Thursday night, Cannon said winds will be picking up and gusting as high as 35 mph on the Seacoast.

Thursday will feel like 5 to 15 below zero with the wind blowing and 15 to 25 below Thursday night into Friday, Cannon said.
"Wind chill temperatures are going to be a big deal coming up over the next two days," he said.

Coastal flooding is also expected to be a problem because of the wind and astronomically high tides.

Cannon said the New Hampshire coast could see minor flooding at the time of high tide Thursday night and minor to moderate flooding on Friday.

jschreiber@newstote.com



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