Weather Updates: Frigid Temperatures Settle In, Residents Should Take Frostbite Precautions

Feb 16, 2015

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Weather Updates

Monday 11:10

Eversource (Formerly PSNH) outages have been restored, after a peak of about 2,500. NHEC outages had peaked at around 2,800 (including about 1,800 in Moultonborough) but are now down to about 400 remaining without power. 

Monday 9:44 a.m.

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan is urging residents to clear roofs of snow and ice.  In a press release, the Department of Safety warns that flat roofs are not the only ones susceptible to collapse.

Buildings in Portsmouth, Seabrook and Hampton have been structurally compromised, and even collapsed.

According to the DOS, “buildings that can be considered most at risk are ones where the snow load is not even across the roof with large accumulations of snow and ice, buildings with large open floor areas, storage, warehouses, flat or low-sloped roofs and unoccupied buildings.”

Degnan also urges residents to do the following:

  • Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage your roof along with gas and oil service to the building. 
  •   Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building.  Some vents, such as gas and oil heaters and pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.
  •  Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency, should occur.  Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire.  Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.

Monday 8:23 a.m.

Frigid temperatures and high winds will last through Monday, with scattered power outages being reported throughout the region.

For updates on outages around the state, click on the utility maps linked above. 

Sunday 5:29 p.m.

The snow part of this weekend's storm is over, but forecasters are warning that tonight will bring dangerously low temperatures throughout the region.

The National Weather Service reports that as blowing snow winds down this evening, very cold air will move into New Hampshire from the Northwest. This air will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously low wind chill values, which could drop lower than twenty below zero. 

Sunday 10:02 a.m.

A snow drift covers most of a stop sign post in Nashua
Credit Courtesy Mark Buckawicki

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow has ended across Maine and New Hampshire, but the winds are just beginning to blow.

Winds will cause significant blowing snow and lead to blizzard conditions for some areas. In addition, very cold air is moving in from Canada and will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously cold temperatures through Monday.

Sunday  8:28 a.m.

National Weather Service snow forecast totals for New England

Sunday 7:55 a.m.

New Hampshire residents woke up to high winds and blowing snow this morning, and the state's utilities are preparing for possible outages as a blizzard bears down on New England. The storm is expected to bring more than a foot of snow to coastal areas of New Hampshire and Maine with wind gusts of 60 mph.

Unitil Corporation says the high winds and hazardous driving conditions could cause outages and the extreme weather could slow efforts to restore service.

The National Weather Service reports the main story today will be high winds and blowing snow, with temperatures plummeting throughout the day and overnight into Monday.

Saturday 9:40 a.m.

Warning and advisory map via the National Weather Service

A major winter storm is expected to begin late today, according to the National Weather Service. Snow will begin during the day, and will be light at first, but will increase in intensity late this afternoon and evening. 

Blizzard and winter storm warning are in effect for all of New Hampshire, and is expected to remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Monday morning.

Friday, 4:47 p.m. 

The National weather service warnings map as of 4:52 p.m. Friday. Bright red indicates blizzard warnings, pink indicates a winter storm warning.
Credit National Weather Service, Gray Maine

Exasperated New Englanders still digging out from three major storms that left 6 feet of snow in many areas are bracing for what's expected to be another punishing winter blast.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch from Cape Cod to coastal Maine. The storm could bring a foot or more of snow to some areas, with strong wind gusts and the potential for coastal flooding.

The snow is expected to begin falling Saturday and last into Sunday. The heaviest snow - about a foot - will likely be seen in Southern New Hampshire, but every part of the state should see at least moderate accumulation. The storm should taper off late on Sunday, with clear and very cold weather resuming on Presidents Day.