PSNH Preparing for Storm

Early News from PSNH on the storm

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is keeping a wary eye on the weather forecast and preparing for possible power outages as a strong Nor’easter storm is expected to arrive this evening and bring snowfall, gusty winds, and freezing rain across New Hampshire.

PSNH trucks on Gilcreast south of Lucciano's. photo by Andy Mack Jr.

The latest forecast is calling for 8-16 inches of snow across the state with freezing rain and sleet mixing in near the Seacoast. In addition to the snow and sleet, winds are expected to pick up overnight and gust up to 40 MPH in some areas. If the forecast holds, these conditions could cause serious damage and result in power outages across the state.

PSNH is closely monitoring the situation. The company is pre-staging line and tree crews in its area work centers across the state and will open its Emergency Operations Center in order to respond to whatever damage the storm causes. In addition to PSNH line crews, some additional contractor line and tree crews have been secured and the company is working to obtain additional sources. A recent merger with Boston-based NSTAR now provides PSNH and other Northeast Utilities electric utility subsidiaries with direct access to additional line workers who, when available, can assist in a restoration effort here.

Be prepared – While electric utilities like PSNH work around-the-clock to restore service when power outages occur, it is also important that families and individuals consider how they will respond. “Our crews and support staff are prepared and ready to respond if outages do occur,” noted Terry Large, PSNH Director – Customer Operations. “It is vital that families and individuals also be prepared.” Large recommended that customers with emergency generators obtain fresh fuel, or other useful supplies. A list of preparedness tips and reminders is posted at www.psnh.com and at www.nh.gov/readynh/.

Generator Safety – Back-up/emergency generators can be very useful around your home or business. But, it’s critical to your safety and the safety of others, including PSNH electrical crews, that they be installed and operated properly. Guidelines are posted on the Safety section of our website.

Londonderry News will be broadcasting storm updates in Londonderry as they happen. Follow us on Twitter by selecting the “Follow Us” button to the right.  If your phone is not Twitter enabled you can text “Follow @LondonderryNH” to 40404. When the storm is over you can text “Off @LondonderryNH” to 40404 until the next event.  At that time you would use the on command.

Send us storm information, power outage information and photos by including @LondonderryNH in your tweets.  We will broadcast your information and credit you.

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Blizzard Now Imminent 12 to 18 inches, Higher in some locations Gust to 45MPH

Latest update at 3:32pm Sunday

Changes since last forecast;

  • Wind Gusts now 45 not 35
  • Snow Totals now 12-18 not 10-16

Heavy snow and strong winds expected tonight and into Monday.  The national weather service in Gray has issued a blizzard warning which is in effect from 6 pm this evening to 5 pm est Monday. The blizzard watch is no longer in effect.

Low pressure moving out of the northeastern gulf of Mexico tonight will strengthen off the mid Atlantic Coast overnight and will move to a point south of Long island This evening. The storm will then turn northeast as it approaches long island late tonight.

Reaching the southwest coast of Nova Scotia by Monday evening. This will spread snow into northern New England beginning later today and lasting through much of Monday. All of new Hampshire and western Maine will likely see snowfall, but the heaviest accumulations will likely be along the coast. In addition strong northerly winds will cause blowing and drifting snow and blizzard conditions in some areas. Some of degree of power outages are possible.

Blizzard warning in effect from 6 pm this evening to 5 pm est Monday

  • Timing: Snow will begin this evening and become heavy at times tonight into Monday morning. Snow will come to an end Monday afternoon. Winds will be strongest early Monday morning.
  • Snow accumulations: Total snowfall accumulations of 12 to 18 inches with locally higher amounts.
  • Snow fall rate:Light snow will start falling this afternoon and become heavy tonight.
    Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are possible overnight. The snow will begin to taper off early tomorrow afternoon.
  • Winds: Northerly winds will strengthen to 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 45 mph likely causing blowing and drifting snow.  Winds will be strongest late tonight through noon Monday.
  • Impacts: Roads will become snow covered and slippery. Winds will cause blowing and drifting snow on Monday with blizzard conditions at times in heavy falling and blowing snow.
  • Power outages are likely.

Blizzard Coming, power Outages possible, ready your generators Londonderry! Click for a larger image, try to find Watty!

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous.

Do not travel, if you must travel have a winter survival kit with you, if you get stranded stay with your vehicle.

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