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February 27. 2014 8:03PM

Forecasters say true to form, March will come in like a lion

New Hampshire will remain stuck in the ice box through next week.

Forecasters said frigid air remains locked in over New England with chill temperatures expected to continue for the next several days.

No record-breaking cold is in store for the region, but temperatures are running well below normal for this time of year.

“It’s mostly just colder than we’d like,” said Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Friday’s highs will likely be around 20 in southern New Hampshire, with single digits in the North Country. Overnight lows will dip to just below zero in the Merrimack Valley to as low as 15 below in places like Berlin, Curtis said.

Wednesday’s high in Concord was 25, which is 13 degrees below normal. The low of minus 1 was 18 degrees colder than normal, Curtis said.

While high temperatures will warm to around 30 in southern areas to the low 20s north this weekend, they’re expected to drop back down into the teens and 20s next week.

“Another big block of cold air is setting up across the central part of the country,” Curtis said.

Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on a potential coastal storm moving close to New England on Monday.

While some had called for the storm to come close enough to bring heavy snow to southern areas, it appears the storm will likely head farther south, according to John Cannon, also a meteorologist at the Gray, Maine, office.

If the storm stays south, Cannon said southern New Hampshire would see only light snow from the system.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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