Seacoast Snow Totals Go Up as Nor’easter Settles on Track
❄ National Weather Service meteorologist have increased the accumulation to 8-12 inches for the entire Seacoast region
❄ The precipitation will start as rain Monday evening and change over to snow
❄ Gusty winds and heavy snow could bring down trees and power lines leading to power outages
A change in the track of the nor'easter will bring more snow to the Seacoast region.
The entire Seacoast region, including coastal areas, are now projected to receive 8-12 inches of accumulation of heavy, wet snow starting Monday night and lasting through Wednesday morning. Precipitation will begin as rain Monday evening and then change over to snow.
The snow could fall at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour Tuesday morning in the hours after the transition.
Why the increase in the amount of snowfall from the earlier forecast of 6-8 inches? The storm finally settled on a track.
"The storm shifted southeast so all that snow that was heavier to the northwest shifted to the Seacoast area," meteorologist Sarah Thunberg at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine told Seacoast Current. "The storm has gone a little more off-shore and that leads to more snow for the Seacoast."
Gusty northeast winds of up to 50 mph will drive the wet snow to stick to one side of trees and cause some branches or weaker/dead pine trees to fall, resulting in scattered power outages, according to Thunberg.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect 5 a.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
Many schools have canceled classes for the day including Dover, according to WMUR's list of reporting organizations.
Monitoring the storm
Eversource and Unitil said they are monitoring the forecast and prepositioning equipment and line and tree crews at their respective work centers around the state.
“We are currently expecting a long duration event, with hazardous conditions possible for a 36 hour period as this storm passes to our east,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said in a statement. “Crews will be restoring power where possible and when conditions allow, and we will be working with first responders to address public safety issues as they arise throughout the event.”
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