Storm prep

Pick up winter supplies now

Staff file photo by Dean Shalhoup Pedestrians make their way along a newly cleared sidewalk at the Main Street Bridge Tuesday as city crews remove snow and ice left over from Saturday's storm.

After Sunday night’s storm knocked power out across the Granite State, the nor-easter has acted as a reminder to be prepared as winter approaches.

Doug Webster, senior meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua said, “Looking back at the storm type we had Sunday night … we used to get a lot of those in the 70s, and they were fairly common and not unusual back then.”

He said storms like that have been a little less frequent in the past two or three decades.

“Who knows, maybe they’ll come back a little more. We’ve had more nor’easters in the last 20 to 30 years during winter that led to more snow, which is why we’ve seen more snowfall amounts,” Webster said.

He said Sunday’s storm tracked to the west, with winds coming from the east and southeast. He called this past storm a “southeaster.”

“You should always have enough food in the house and water on hand,” Webster said. “You always want to have the usual stuff like batteries for flashlights, generators, nonperishable foods and water.”

He said you can never forecast a particular storm within more than a few days of it actually hitting.

“Months away, we don’t know when a storm is going to occur,” Webster said.

However, he did say that this winter will get off to a slow start, with potentially more of a wintery pattern during the second half of the season.

“We’ve had several winters like that recently,” Webster said.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the mid- to low-50s in the daytime, with lows ranging from the mid-50s to high 30s at night. Next week, temperatures are expected to remain in the same range, with a low of 26 forecast for Nov. 10.

More tips on what to do before, during and after a power outage can be found online at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.