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Weekend: Expect temps below zero across NH

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 04. 2018 9:12PM
Snowdrifts form on the sidewalks on Hanover Street in Manchester at Medusa Hair & Nails during Thursday's blizzard. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)



The storm that whipped New Hampshire with blinding snow and high winds Thursday finally moved out to sea overnight, pulling frigid air down from the Arctic that could make it feel as cold as 30 degrees below zero across parts of the Granite State this weekend.

After the fast-moving weather system moved off toward Nova Scotia overnight, freezing temperatures in place across Canada are forecast to rush into the central and eastern parts of the U.S. — including New Hampshire, said Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

According to Sinsabaugh, Saturday morning temperatures will range from zero to 10 below across southern New Hampshire and 10- to 20-below in the northern part of the state. Expect even colder temperatures Saturday night, warned Sinsabaugh.

“We expect readings 15-20 below in southern New Hampshire overnight Saturday,” said Sinsabaugh.

Temperatures should climb back to the mid-teens on Sunday, said Sinsabaugh.

With wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph expected through Saturday night, Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Joe Purington said more than 400 line, tree and service workers are ready to respond to any power outages.

“With the forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures to return following this major storm, we encourage customers to prepare now for the possibility of power outages and take extra precautions to stay safe,” Purington said. “Check in on elderly family members and neighbors to ensure they have a safe, alternative source of heat if they lose power, or a plan to relocate to another home or shelter in their community.”

There is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, said Sinsabaugh. Following another possible round of snow late Monday into Tuesday, Sinsabaugh said there’s “a chance” the mercury could approach 40 degrees late next week.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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