Severe Weather

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Parts of the U.S. northeast are bracing for as much as 2 feet of snow as a blizzard-like system bears down on the region.

The strong system could leave significant snowfall on the ground from Philadelphia to Maine beginning late tonight and continuing through Tuesday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents of the city to expect unusually icy conditions and to "look out for your fellow New Yorkers ... check on them." Long Island could get 24 inches of snow, forecasters said.

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A mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet has delayed openings for more than 200 schools in New Hampshire and has made for some slick driving conditions.

Several accidents have been reported. WMUR-TV reports in Londonderry, a car rolled over and ended up in a swamp along Route 28. The car was partially submerged, but all three people inside were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries.

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Losing power is annoying. Losing power for several days when you’ve got a large turkey to cook is infuriating.

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With frigid temperatures arriving this weekend, Kimberly Ohman with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester says people should be hypervigilant for hypothermia.

"Shivering for one, that’s going to be your number one warning sign. Also just a little bit increased confusion, and the difficulty speaking is going to be another warning sign, difficulty walking, some people may have an altered gait that’s unusual for them," Ohman says.

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With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes  without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.

Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."

Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."

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Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday's nor'easter was worse than the state's utilities and officials had prepared for. 

"We know this was a unique storm, the snow is heavier and wetter than predicted, and that’s really had an impact. But the utilities have been getting extra crews here as fast as they can, and I think they were planning for a significant event, but our weather experts tell us this is heavier wetter and more snow than they thought it would be."

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For weather information in your area, including utility outage maps, visit NHPR's weather information page right here. 

Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents woke up on Thanksgiving morning without power.

Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electricity provider, reported 168,000 of its customers were in the dark this morning.

Unitil is reporting about 18,000 customers are without power.

PSNH spokeswoman Lauren Collins says the company says the southern and central-eastern portions of the state were hit hardest.

  “So Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford counties have the most concentrated outages. There are outages as you head the western part of the state, the southwestern part. And as you head to the lakes region, there are also some scattered outages.”

Collins says the major problem has been heavy, wet snow bringing down large trees.

She says crews have been working through the night, and will continue to work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

“At this time, we have 138 PSNH workers, 100 additional contractors our there. They’ve been working pretty much nonstop to make sure that somebody gets a warm turkey today.”

Additional crews are expected today from across New England and Canada to provide support.

Still, Collins says customers should expect this process take some time.

“We are telling people to be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort. That doesn’t mean everyone will be without power for several days, but we want them to be prepared and stay safe. Have necessaries on hand; flashlights, batteries, etc.”

New Hampshire Electric Co-op Making Progress, Asks for Patience

Dena DeLucca, vice president with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, says roughly 15,000 customers are without power this morning.

That’s down from a peak of about 22,000 customers overnight.

DeLucca says there are still a number of power lines, and asks customers to have patience as crews work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

“What happens with this heavy snow it brings down trees and tree limbs that take down the wire. It’s a fairly extensive job to put that back, once they get the road cleared.” 

She says 20 line crews and 25 crews are out working this morning to repair the damage.

The company hopes to have power restored to all customers by 10 this evening.

Parts of southern New Hampshire are under a winter storm watch that could snarl Thanksgiving travel plans.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through Thanksgiving morning. Forecasters say a mixture of rain and snow will likely change to all snow.

The storm could significantly impact holiday travel and make driving dangerous at times.

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11:11 AM: The wet weather isn’t over yet for New Hampshire.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Wednesday night for most of the state.

The National Weather Service says several rounds of heavy rainfall are moving through the region, which could lead to flash flooding with an inch to 3 inches of rain. 

There have been a number of washouts during the latest round of summer storms. At least one home had to be evacuated near Route 119 in Winchester. Part of the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua had to be closed as well. 

Updated 5:06 pm

Several thousand homes and businesses are without power following the severe thunderstorms that came through New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon.

Utilities reported some 6,500 outages as of 5pm Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to parts of New Hampshire, prompting concerns about flooding.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Sullivan, Carroll and Grafton counties, until about 8pm.

The heavy rain that fell in New Hampshire overnight has caused some campground evacuations and some road washouts in the town of Woodstock.

Woodstock Police Chief Douglas Moorehead said the hope is to get Route 112 open later Thursday morning.

He said the water is receding.

Earlier Thursday, the Lost River was overflowing and some campgrounds were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Authorities are planning to check the condition of a bridge at the Lost River Valley Campground to make sure about 80 campers can travel safely back out.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport remains open today despite the winter storm.  But Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neill says they've seen "a significant level of cancelations and delays."  While 13 flights have left on time, he says airlines have canceled 12 other flights so far.

DOT To Commuters: Beware Snow Covered Roads

Feb 5, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation is advising commuters along major highways and interstates in southern New Hampshire to travel no faster than 45 miles an hour.  But DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says in many cases, travelers may need to go even more slowly.  He says crews from Concord to the Massachusetts border are working in "the heart of the storm," and dealing with snow falling at about one to two inches an hour. "And that's going to limit visibility.  It's also going to mean snow covered roads.

Southern N.H. Takes Brunt Of Winter Storm

Feb 5, 2014
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  A winter storm warning is in effect statewide.  Meteorologist Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua says the area south of the Lakes Region will see the heaviest accumulations, ranging from seven to twelve inches.  And he says southern New Hampshire will bear the brunt of the storm. "We could see snowfall rates across the southern third of the state approach one, one and a half inches an hour through the midmorning hours as this storm system develops," he says.  "The snow, though, from the Lakes Region northward is going to be lighter.

State and local police in New Hampshire are responding to dozens of minor accidents, especially in the southern part of the state, as falling snow has made roads hazardous.

A dispatcher at the State Police Troop B barracks in Bedford says police responded to 40 to 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was posted for southern and central New Hampshire until 9 p.m.

Police are urging people who are able to do so to put off travel until crews have a chance to clear the roads.

Cold Front To Hit N.H., "Flash Freeze" Tonight

Jan 6, 2014
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A blast of cold Arctic air is moving into the Granite State today.  It’s part of the same system that’s put the Midwest into a deep freeze. 

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Motorists are being urged to use caution and leave extra time for travel as a winter storm promises to deliver more snow and bitter cold temperatures to the Granite State.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Bonyton said roads are slick and that drivers need to take it slow. Speed limits have been reduced to 45 MPH on New Hampshire's interstates and turnpikes. 

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Electric utilities continue to fix power outages across northern New England as a fast moving storm is expected to drop heavy, wet snow in parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

(Click here for N.H. power outage maps.)

More than 1,400 Vermonters remained without power Sunday. The Vermont Electric Cooperative says it expects to soon restore power to 700 more customers.

Central Maine Power reported about 600 customers without power Sunday evening and Bangor Hydro Electric reports 717 outages.

Easy Trip For Monday Commuters Despite Weekend Storm

Dec 16, 2013

The season’s first major storm this weekend dumped snow across the state, with accumulations ranging from six inches to more than a foot.  But despite a tough weekend, it should be a relatively easy trip for Monday morning commuters. 

First Big Winter Storm Works Its Way Through N.H.

Dec 15, 2013

The National Weather Service has issued a statewide winter weather warning for today.  The storm is expected to drop 10 to 14 inches of snow across a large swath of the state.  

  

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Some parts of New Hampshire could see hairy travel conditions beginning Tuesday evening.  Depending on where you're going, meteorologist Gary Best encourages travelers to head out later on Wednesday.

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  Meteorologists have been keeping an eye on a storm system that looks like it could bring a nor’easter to the area—just in time for Thanksgiving travel.  

The strong storms that moved through New Hampshire sent lightning strikes that sparked some fires and possibly injured some people.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports Londonderry crews were called to Comcast on Thursday after the building was struck by lightning. An employee complained of feeling light-headed and tingling sensations consistent with electrical shock. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Severe Storms Crossing New Hampshire

Sep 12, 2013
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Severe thunderstorms are again working their way across New Hampshire, bringing heavy rain and a chance of flooding in some areas.

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With much of the state under yet another heavy snow warning tomorrow, road conditions could quickly get dicey.  But if predictions hold, travelers at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport shouldn’t have much trouble flying out. 

Airport Assistant Director Tom Malafronte  says the Manchester airport hasn’t shut down because of snow for 23 years.  And for this forecasted wintery mix, he says most flights should go out.

Most New Hampshire utilities are reporting snow related outages.  As of last check, PSNH had the most outages, at around 1,800.  Nearly 450 of those were in Canterbury, while Hooksett got hit with more than 400 outages.  In Deerfield, 190 customers are reportedly without power. 

Snowstorm: Who's Reporting Power Outages?

Feb 24, 2013

Today's snowstorm is set to drop two to four inches across most of the state by tonight.  The Seacoast could see up to six inches.  While it's a slower-moving storm than Nemo two weeks ago, numerous power outages have been reported.  By 12:25 pm, these are the communities that have been impacted most.

PSNH: 2,747

Seacoast Set To Get The Most Snow Today

Feb 24, 2013

Current weather forecasts estimate anywhere from two to four inches of snowfall over much of the state by this evening.  Unlike the blizzard two weeks ago, this storm is moving slowly, dropping wet, heavy snow across parts of New Hampshire.  Meteorologist Alex Graves says changing temperatures today will also affect accumulation.

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New Hampshire is experiencing its first big snowstorm of the year, and so far there haven’t been many major problems.

However, speed limits have been reduced to 45 on the state’s major highways, and some flights are delayed at the Manchester airport.

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There’s some snow on tap for the Granite State. The Northeast seems to be in a pattern of unsettled weather, with two storms swinging through in just a matter of days. The first flakes should begin to fly tonight, as a weak system passed through clipping the bottom of the state.

Hometown Forecast Service’s Rob Carolan says this quick hit should amount to about an inch for the southern part of the state, and just a dusting up North.

Carolan: It should be all said and done by about noon tomorrow.

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