Major snowfall predicted

NASHUA – “I think if everything falls into place, it could be over a foot and probably under 18 inches,” Doug Webster, senior meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua, said Thursday afternoon when assessing the potential outcome of this weekend’s winter storm.

Although this storm is not a fast moving one, Webster said it is moving at a steady pace, making its way closer to the East Coast. He said at least in Nashua, the storm is expected to drop at least a foot of snow.

The storm could begin with fluffy snow, but as it progresses, Webster said it will not stay fluffy because there should be some considerable warming. This will cause the snow to become what he describes as a “sugary type of snow.”

The majority of the storm will probably produce that type of snow.

“I think there’s a period where we may get sleet into it and it may cut down on snow accumulation some,” Webster said.

Webster is not ruling out the potential for the storm to drop two feet of snow in parts of New Hampshire where its all snow and no mix. For that to happen, he said the storm would need to get enough precipitation to do that, and some of the models do not quite show enough this far out from the storm.

“They have enough to get 12, 15, 16 (inches) maybe,” Webster said. “In storms, we usually get what we call banding, and sometimes get a strip 15 to 20 miles wide where you do get more snow.”

However, unless Greater Nashua falls into one of those banding situations, which Webster said can never be forecasted, he does not believe snow totals in the area will exceed 18 inches.

Late Thursday, National Weather Service information predicted up to one foot of snow to drop on the region on Saturday night alone.

As snow totals rise during the weekend, temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits into early next week. Sunday night has the potential to dip down to zero degrees Fahrenheit. Webster doubts temperature readings will rise out of the single digits Monday.

Additionally, with that bitter cold comes strong winds, which he said could cause snow to blow and drift on and near roadways.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.