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Updates by 7:30AM and 7:30PM Weekdays-By 9AM on Weekends
Forecasts are for Southern NH (Nashua) with other locations noted.
(PB = Peterborough, NH) - (KE = Keene, NH)

Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:33 PM

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New Hampshire/Maine

Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
345 PM EST THU JAN 19 2017

MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-202045-
NORTHERN OXFORD-NORTHERN FRANKLIN-CENTRAL SOMERSET-SOUTHERN OXFORD-
SOUTHERN FRANKLIN-SOUTHERN SOMERSET-INTERIOR YORK-
INTERIOR CUMBERLAND-ANDROSCOGGIN-KENNEBEC-INTERIOR WALDO-
COASTAL YORK-COASTAL CUMBERLAND-SAGADAHOC-LINCOLN-KNOX-COASTAL WALDO-
NORTHERN COOS-SOUTHERN COOS-NORTHERN GRAFTON-NORTHERN CARROLL-
SOUTHERN GRAFTON-SOUTHERN CARROLL-SULLIVAN-MERRIMACK-BELKNAP-
STRAFFORD-CHESHIRE-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH-INTERIOR ROCKINGHAM-
COASTAL ROCKINGHAM-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH-
345 PM EST THU JAN 19 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR MAINE...SOUTH CENTRAL
MAINE...SOUTHWEST MAINE...WEST CENTRAL MAINE...WESTERN MAINE...NEW
HAMPSHIRE...CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE...NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

.FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

A COMPLEX STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING WINTRY PRECIPITATION
TO THE AREA MONDAY AND TUESDAY. SNOW, SLEET, AND FREEZING RAIN ARE
ALL POSSIBLE, WITH SNOW MORE LIKELY TO THE NORTH AND WEST WHILE
FREEZING RAIN IS MORE LIKELY AT LEAST FOR A TIME ALONG THE COASTAL
PLAIN. THERE MAY ALSO BE A CHANGE OVER TO RAIN ALONG THE IMMEDIATE
COASTLINE. AT THIS TIME, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ACCUMULATION AND LIGHT ICING, THOUGH CONFIDENCE ON
PRECIPITATION TYPE AT ANY ONE LOCATION IS STILL QUITE LOW.

Massachusetts

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
423 PM EST THU JAN 19 2017

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-202130-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
423 PM EST THU JAN 19 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...ALL OF
MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT BERKSHIRE COUNTY...AND RHODE ISLAND.

.FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

A SIGNIFICANT STORM MAY IMPACT THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT INTO
TUESDAY WITH HEAVY PRECIPITATION. THE BIGGEST UNCERTAINTY REMAINS
PRECIPITATION TYPES. THE HIGHEST RISK FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF
SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL BE NORTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE AND
INLAND FROM THE COAST. FURTHER SOUTHEAST ALONG THE BOSTON TO
PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR...RAIN LIKELY DOMINATES BUT A PERIOD OF SLEET
AND PERHAPS SNOW IS POSSIBLE AT THE ONSET.

IN ADDITION...A PERIOD OF STRONG TO PERHAPS DAMAGING WINDS ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR POINTS SOUTH AND
EAST SOMETIME MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT. EASTERLY WIND
GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE LIKELY WITH EVEN A LOW RISK FOR A FEW
GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

LASTLY...DESPITE LOW ASTRONOMICAL TIDES THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR A MINOR
TO LOW-END MODERATE COASTAL FLOOD EVENT ALONG THE EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS COAST AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE TUESDAY MORNING.

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Thursday Night

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

B/KE: Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

 

Friday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.

PB/KE: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.


 

Friday Night


Patchy drizzle after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

 

 


PB/KE: Patchy freezing drizzle after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

 

 

Saturday

Patchy drizzle before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

 

 

PB/KE: Patchy freezing drizzle before 8am, then patchy drizzle between 8am and 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 5 mph.

 

 

 

Saturday Night


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

PB/KE: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

 

 

 

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

 

 

PB/KE: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

 


 

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 29.

PB/KE: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 27.

 


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Rich's Local Weather Discussion:

1/19 -  6:28 PM: There may be some patchy black ice around tonight from the melting snow. Otherwise we'll start cloudy and end up clearing out. Some fog will form by morning in some locales. While it will be milder than usual, a weak front will push into the area Friday night and that may bring some very light freezing drizzle of just drizzle. The next major storm system seems to be on track for early next week. Details are about to go out to my Weekend Outlook e-mail follows. Join up below.

SYNOPSIS...NH/ME
The area will remain generally under the influence of high
pressure...with fair weather and warmer than normal temperatures.
A weak front will try and push into the area during the
weekend...but is unlikely to bring us much more than very light
showers or flurries. On Sunday a cold front drops through the
area...bringing more cooler temperatures than precipitation. This
front will set up the battle ground between rain and mixed
precipitation or snow as the next weather maker moves up the
coast on Monday into Tuesday.

SYNOPSIS...MA
High pressure will result in rather mild and tranquil weather Friday
into Saturday, but there is a low risk for some spotty light
freezing rain across interior Massachusetts Friday night. Otherwise,
the main concern is the potential for a significant storm with heavy
amounts of rain/ice and/or snow along with strong to damaging winds
on the coast Sunday night into Tuesday. This will also be a
dangerous storm for Mariners with the potential for 50 knot wind
gusts seas to build to 20+ feet across our eastern waters.

LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...

Highlights...

* Dry/Unseasonably mild Sat

* Potential for significant storm Sun night into Tue

- Significant precipitation likely but ptypes/timing uncertain
- Highest risk for significant snow/ice interior MA north of Pike
- Strong to perhaps a period of damaging winds on the coastal plain

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1/19 -  6:47 AM: Patchy black ice and a fresh dusting of snow will greet you as you head out this morning. Conditions will be improving today with some sun and milder temps. Quiet weather continues for the close of the week. Temps will be a bit above average going into the upcoming weekend. The are weather models depicting a coastal storm arriving sometime in the Sunday night/Monday time frame so stay tuned to upcoming forecasts. I will be sending out the every Thursday evening Weekend Outlook forecast e-mail tonight. Sign up to join this mail list below.

SYNOPSIS...NH/ME
High pressure will build in for the remainder of the week, with
above normal temperatures expected into Monday. A storm system may
affect the region beginning Sunday night and continuing into early
next week. Gusty winds and mixed precipitation will be associated
with this system, primarily Monday into Tuesday. An upper level
trough may keep unsettled conditions over the region later next
week.

SYNOPSIS...MA
High pressure builds over the region into Friday. Weak disturbances,
one from the southern stream and one from the southern stream, will
race through New England this weekend, ultimately allowing colder
air to drain into parts of Southern New England by Sunday. Developing
low pressure over the Southern Plains will bring rain and possibly
some initial ice to New England Monday, with the rain lingering
into Tuesday. High pressure builds Wednesday with drier air.

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Regional Weather Discussion ...

The last of the snowflakes are finally fading away up north early this morning, leaving today's trend as morning clouds giving way to some sunshine. Temperatures will be milder this afternoon with highs ranging from 35-45 degrees. That will help the melting on the untreated surfaces later today.

Fog will form after that melting tonight due to partly cloudy skies and light winds. Lows will be in the 20s to near 30 degrees, so there could be some slick spots again tomorrow morning.

You can expect partly sunny skies and temps in the 30s to lower 40s for both Friday and Saturday. Clouds will start to build in Sunday out ahead of our next system which could be a wintry mix and/or snow Monday into Tuesday.

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