Nature Celebrates Leap Day by Dumping Snow on New Hampshire

March is coming in like a lion this year, with a winter storm expected to hit this afternoon, February 29, through tomorrow, bringing with it between six and ten inches of snow to much of New Hampshire. The National Weather Service has issued the following winter storm warning, which includes slippery roads, wind, and low visibilities.

Snow will overspread the region this afternoon into tonight then continue into Thursday evening producing several inches of snow.

A warm front will stall south of New England as low pressure forms along this boundary later today into tonight. The front will remain south of New England as the low continues to move slowly to the east through Thursday. This will give the region a prolongs period of snow.

Snowfall accumulations reaching 6 to 10 inches with some locally higher amounts can be expected across Southern and Central New Hampshire and Southwest Maine where a winter storm warning has been posted beginning either late this afternoon or early this evening and extending through Thursday.

Across Northern New Hampshire to Central Maine then to the Mid Coast of Maine snow amounts of 4 to 8 inches are expected where a winter weather advisory has been issued for late tonight through Thursday. The winter storm watch remains in effect for Thursday for Franklin and Somerset counties where snowfall amounts and timing are less certain… though this area may end up requiring a winter weather advisory.

The snow will gradually wind down Thursday night as the low moves out to sea.

Winter storm warning in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to 9 PM EST Thursday.

Locations: Sullivan, Merrimack, Belknap, Strafford, and Rockingham counties in Southern New Hampshire.

Hazard Types: Snow

Accumulations: 6 to 10 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible.

Timing: Snow developing this afternoon and continuing through Thursday.

Impacts: Roads will become snow covered and slippery. The prolonged period of accumulating snow will make clean up efforts more challenging.

Winds: Northeast 5 to 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

Temperatures: Highs in the 30′s today. Lows 25 to 30 tonight and highs 30 to 35 Thursday.

Visibilities: Lowering to half a mile or lower at times.

Instructions: Motorists should use caution traveling this afternoon through Thursday evening. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Londonderry schools are on vacation this week, so no snow day will be added to the calendar! If you find yourself at home with the kids tomorrow, don’t forget Londonderry News offers free coloring book pages for almost all occasions! Keep the kids entertained with more than just the television tomorrow by printing our pages and coloring away.

Featured here are the lion and lamb coloring book pages, perfect for the month of March as the first part proves to be true; “In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb.” To print the pages, simply click the picture, right click and select “Save As”. Save the image under an easy name, open it then select print. These pages are also great to open in a paint program on the computer for some fun with technology!

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