MANCHESTER — While New Hampshire may have missed the snow that swept across much of the country, there was no escaping the deep freeze in the Granite State.
Bitterly cold temperatures Sunday morning slowly increased to the mid-20s by the afternoon with another frigid overnight ahead.
James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said the winter storm that hit hard in the Midwest and continued making its way east would break up once it clears the Atlantic Coast on Monday, but New England escaped this round of snow.
“It’s been below normal lately, but we’ve still got half a month to go,” Brown said.
For New Englanders who were disappointed that the region didn’t see snow this round, there will be plenty more chances. Although snowfall totals have been light, especially compared to last year, one good storm could bring this year’s totals right back to average. According to NWS data for Concord, 10 inches of snow have been recorded since Dec. 1, which is a foot below normal and 23.1 inches less than the 2017 total by Jan. 13.
Brown said the totals from Dec. 1 through Sunday did not include the early snow New Hampshire saw in November. Overall precipitation for the month has been 1.85 inches, which is about three-quarters of an inch above average.
Temperatures were expected to climb to the low 30s by Tuesday and maybe even top freezing Wednesday before cooling off again in time for the weekend, when a winter storm could follow. Brown said it was too early to predict possible snow accumulation, but that could change.
“The big question is what path that will take when we get to Sunday and Monday,” he said.
While drivers elsewhere in the country dealt with slick roads, in New Hampshire it was just cold. Morning lows in southern New Hampshire were only around 5 degrees, while northern areas of the Granite State were well below zero.
That didn’t stop some from bundling up and enjoying a little sun while it was out Sunday.
Shamus Rodriguez had Stevens Pond in Manchester all to himself Sunday afternoon when he took advantage of the sun and got in some ice fishing.
“It took a bit for the cold to come in, but now that it’s here I’m pretty happy. It seems kind of consistent. We’re getting nights in the teens and it’s like 25 today,” Rodriguez said. “As long as it stays that cold, the lake should stay nice and frozen.”
Despite the recent cold snap, Rodriguez was careful to check the ice thickness before taking his gear out on the ice. He checked a few spots that measured around 8 inches, which was enough for him and about half a dozen others who were out there earlier in the day before the Patriots game came started at 1 p.m.
Rodriguez said it’s never too cold to see how the fish are biting.
“I love it — more fishing,” he said.