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February 11. 2014 7:14PM

Substantial snow expected in New Hampshire Thursday

A storm that threatens to bring ice and snow to the South is expected to develop into a nor’easter that will likely deliver several inches of snow and strong winds to New Hampshire on Thursday.

Winter Storm Watches were issued for all of the state beginning Thursday morning and lasting into early Friday.

Snow is expected to begin around daybreak Thursday and turn heavier by late morning and early afternoon, said Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Forecasters haven’t nailed down snow totals just yet, but Sinsabaugh said the state could see anywhere between 8 and 10 inches.

The storm will move off the Mid-Atlantic Coast Thursday morning and continue to intensify as it moves up along the East Coast, Sinsabaugh said.

The system will pass just outside Cape Cod by Thursday night and into the Canadian Maritimes Friday morning.

The snow may change over to some sleet along the coast and farther inland in Rockingham and Strafford counties, Sinsabaugh said.

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, the snow is expected to be heavier than what the region has seen in more recent storms that were accompanied by frigid temperatures.

North to northeast winds will likely be around 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30, especially Thursday night, Sinsabaugh said.

The combination of a heavier snow and winds could pose some problems.

“I don’t think the snow is going to be as wet as what we see in the fall and spring, the stuff that really sticks, but we may see a few power outages, especially Thursday night. It doesn’t look like anything too widespread at this point,” he said.

Once the storm moves through, the region may see another storm early next week with some changes in store after that. Sinsabaugh said computer models are showing a major pattern shift that could bring a period of above normal temperatures.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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