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Winter Storm Watch Statements for the Region
Snowfall Maps are available here


Last updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:39 PM

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Winter Storm Watches
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Winter Storm Watch

NH SOUTH/East& Coastal

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Gray ME
357 PM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017

...Late season winter storm Friday into Saturday, uncertainties
remain...

.Low pressure will develop over the Mid Atlantic states tonight
and Friday which will then move northeastward to south of Cape Cod
Saturday before departing out to sea thereafter. There remains a
considerable amount of uncertainty in snow amounts even with the
storm beginning Friday morning for portions of the forecast area.
The northward and eastward extent of heavy snowfall is still
uncertain at this time due to continued uncertainties in storm
track. Also, warm air aloft may work in for a time allowing for
mixing with sleet across southern New Hampshire and southernmost
Maine. These factors will have fairly large ramifications for
either higher or lower snow totals than forecast. However,
confidence is high enough in the occurrence of a significant
snowfall to issue a winter storm warning in western and
southwestern New Hampshire for Friday and Saturday. Otherwise,
confidence is not quite high enough for the rest of the watch area
at this time but a significant snowfall remains possible. In
addition, the snow will likely be heavy and wet so power outages
will be possible depending on how much snow falls.

NHZ004-006-009-010-012-013-310915-
/O.EXT.KGYX.WS.A.0008.170331T1800Z-170401T2000Z/
Northern Carroll-Southern Carroll-Belknap-Strafford-
Eastern Hillsborough-Interior Rockingham-
Including the cities of Jackson, North Conway, Albany, Conway,
Chatham, Crawford Notch, Wakefield, Bridgewater, Brookfield,
Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, Moultonborough, Laconia, Gilford,
Meredith, Barrington, Rochester, Dover, Rollinsford, Somersworth,
Durham, Madbury, Manchester, Pelham, Nashua, Salem, Atkinson,
Newton, Plaistow, Chester, Derry, Hampstead, and Exeter
357 PM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow possibly mixing with sleet.

* Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 6 or more inches possible.

* TIMING...The snow will begin Friday afternoon, becoming heavier
Friday evening and overnight before ending Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Slippery roads and low visibilities. The snow may be
heavy and wet, especially closer to the coast where the
potential for power outages will exist.

* Winds...East 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

* Temperatures...In the lower 30s.

* Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

 

 

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NH SOUTH/Central/West


See Winter Storm Warning Page

 

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MA Central/EAST:

 

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Taunton MA
359 PM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017

MAZ002>006-008-010-026-310400-
/O.EXT.KBOX.WS.A.0008.170331T1200Z-170401T2100Z/
Western Franklin MA-Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-
Central Middlesex MA-Western Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-
Eastern Hampshire MA-Northern Middlesex MA-
Including the cities of Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre,
Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Chesterfield, Amherst,
Northampton, and Ayer
359 PM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...Interior northern Massachusetts north of the Mass
Pike.

* HAZARD TYPES...Snow sleet and freezing rain.

* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches, but there
may be a swath of 6 to 12 inches north of Route 2 near the New
Hampshire border. There also may be around a tenth of an inch
of ice accretion.

* TIMING...Snow develops between 2 and 8 AM Friday morning. The
precipitation will get heavier Friday afternoon and
evening...but may mix with or change to sleet. Some pockets of
freezing rain are also possible. All precipitation may change
back to snow Saturday morning.

* IMPACTS...Snow and ice accumulations will make many roads
slippery. If the higher snow amounts are realized there will be
the risk for downed tree limbs and scattered power outages.

* CONFIDENCE...Precipitation types and accumulations are uncertain
as the area will be close to the snow/sleet and freezing rain
line. Where this zone sets up will determine how much snow and
sleet accumulates.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Be prepared to modify
travel plans should winter weather develop.

 

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MA North West & Central:

See MA Central East Above

 

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NH/ME North and East:

Same as Central/East

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SE & Coastal MA

Winter Weather Advisory

 

 


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