‘Pretty good thump of snow’ predicted

NASHUA – With six inches of snow expected to drop on Greater Nashua this afternoon and evening, schools in the city will operate on an early release schedule today.

Nashua School District Superintendent Jahmal Mosley announced the early release on Monday via Twitter, adding, “This is never an easy call.”

Doug Webster senior meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua said the frozen precipitation is likely to create problems for motorists.

“It looks like there’s going to be a pretty good thump of snow beginning at 4 p.m., and it might snow hard for the evening commute,” Webster said.

He said the snowfall is set to sweep across the area between 3-4 p.m. today and could continue through the night until about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Webster said he believes the snow will be of a sugary type to start. However, he said by mid-evening, perhaps from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the precipitation could change to sleet for several hours.

Webster said the city could end up with several inches of snow, with an inch or two of sleet on top of it. He also said there may be freezing rain to top off the storm by early Wednesday. If the area does receive freezing rain, he said it should not be enough to cause downed trees or powerlines.

“I would term this as a moderate-sized storm,” Webster said.

Once the storm moves through the area, he said some sun might poke through and bring afternoon temperatures up around 40 degrees on Wednesday.