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Spring is on the horizon, but winter cold will linger

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader

March 18. 2018 10:59PM
Carol and Roland Musial of Milford were enjoying ice cream cones in their car parked at Hayward's on Sunday afternoon even on a cold day. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)



MANCHESTER — Spring really is just around the corner, along with the potential for another nor’easter.

Frigid weekend temperatures are expected to continue over the next few days, reaching only the 30s on Tuesday afternoon when the season officially changes to spring.

Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Granite Staters should expect it to continue to feel like winter regardless of what it says on the calendar.

“On the map we’re still in northern New England,” Schwibs said Sunday. “March is a transition month. You can still have snow and bitterly cold temperatures or you can have really warm weather. Obviously we’re on the cold end of the stick.”

Although the cold is sticking around, Schwibs said New Hampshire appeared to be out of the danger zone for another storm system forming off the Atlantic Coast and expected to arrive late Wednesday into Thursday. As of Sunday, Schwibs said New Hampshire appeared to be north of any snow coming with the storm, but that could change in the next day or two.

“We’re going to have keep a very close eye on it,” Schwibs said. “Right now it looks like it only gets into southern New England but it’s going to be knocking on the doorstep for areas like southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine.”

Even if the storm track doesn’t shift to the north, Schwibs said New Hampshire’s Seacoast is expected to take another hit later this week.

“With the system ramping up offshore, we’re going to have a persistent northeast wind along the coast,” he said. “The problem with that is it’s going to build up the tidal surge and we’re headed to the portion of the month where we already have higher astronomical tides.”

That means another round of flooding and further risk of erosion, especially in areas left unprotected by a recent succession of storms, Schwibs said.

Schwibs said forecasters would have a better idea of the storm track today.

dalden@unionleader.com


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