12 to 16 inches expected for southern New Hampshire Thursday

A powerful winter storm is expected to begin dumping snow on southern New Hampshire on Thursday morning and could leave more than foot of fresh powder before Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday and continue throughout the day. If mixing occurs, it will likely be on Thursday night with a chance of freezing rain and sleet. The National Weather Service predicts that any mixing will change back to snow late Thursday night.

Five to nine inches of snow can be expected Thursday, with an additional four to eight inches falling Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.

Snow will likely taper off Friday morning, giving way to partly cloudy skies.

The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts during the storm could exceed 30 miles per hour on Thursday and early Friday morning.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, a Winter Storm Warning takes effect for Nashua and surrounding areas. The warning, which is issued whenever six inches of snow or more is expected within a 12 hour period, predicts Nashua will receive anywhere between 12 and 16 inches of snow.

– BRADFORD RANDALL