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Heavy burst of snow to make for treacherous commute

Union Leader Correspondent

February 18. 2014 1:48PM

Many schools are dismissing students early Tuesday due to heavy snow. Roads all across southern New Hampshire are a mess and it's only going to get worse according to the National Weather Service. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

A quick-hitting storm packed with bands of intense snow will make for a treacherous evening commute, forecasters warned.

The snow that began falling in southern areas by late morning is expected to turn heavy by about 2 p.m., with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour at times, according to Michael Kistner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The heaviest snow will likely fall through about 6 p.m. with the possibility of some thunder, he said.

"The rush hour is going to be tricky. The snowfall will be coming down and the plows won't be able to keep up with it. It's probably going to be pretty treacherous driving out there," Kistner said.

While the snow blitz will be brief, Kistner said southeastern parts of the state will likely pick up 6 to 8 inches with most falling around the start of the evening commute.

"This storm is pretty much going to come together over southern New England and then head into the Gulf of Maine," he said.

Many schools dismissed students early to get them home safely before the heaviest snow arrives.

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