Today will feature a generally quiet morning as the calm before a major snowstorm continues. Winds out of the northeast will gradually pick up today with gusty conditions arriving by evening. Satellite imagery shows overcast skies already in place across the area, something that won’t change through the day as moisture flows into the region from the southeast. Upslope and ocean effect flurries have been reported this morning, and these will remain the only sources of precipitation through around noon when snow from the main storm system will begin to overspread the area from SW to NE. Look for temps to warm up a little bit as the sun comes up today before falling this afternoon/evening as precipitation arrives. Highs will range from 30 in the mountains to 40 along the NH Seacoast.
The storm itself will crank into high gear tonight with bands of extremely heavy snow moving in from the ocean. Snowfall rates will exceed 2″ per hour in many locations with near zero visibility in heavy falling and blowing snow. Snow will be heavy and wet along the coast where temps will be closer to freezing, while the mountains see fluffier accumulations. Storm totals will range from 8-12″ along the immediate coastline to 12-24″ for most of the rest of the area. Amounts over 2 feet are expected in favored higher terrain upslope areas. Snow will gradually let up from south to north tomorrow during the morning except for the mountains where snow will continue right through the weekend as another ocean storm backs in from Nova Scotia. As northeast winds gust over 40 mph and trees become laden with heavy snow, expect power outages along the coastline tonight.