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Updates by 7:30AM and 7:30PM Weekdays-By 9AM on Weekends
Forecasts are for Southern NH (Nashua) with other locations noted.
(PB = Peterborough, NH) - (KE = Keene, NH)

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:35 AM

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Wednesday through Monday.

There is potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms
Wednesday afternoon and night...but the higher risk will exist
southwest of our region. The main risk is for locally strong to
damaging wind gusts.

We will continue to watch the river levels of the lower Connecticut
river. The combination of snowmelt and heavy rain this weekend may
rise the river to above action stage, or even minor flood.

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Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

 

 

 

 

PB/KE: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

 

 

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly between 1am and 2am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 44. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

 

 

PB/KE: Rain likely, mainly between 1am and 2am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

 

PB/KE: A 50 percent chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 61. South wind 5 to 15 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

 


 

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 1am and 2am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

PB/KE: Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

PB/KE: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

 

 

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

PB/KE: Mostly clear, with a low around 19.

 

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2/28 -  6:28 AM: There is an area of light showers/Freezing showers over NW MA, and SW NH this morning. These areas are just below freezing so if any precip does fall, it may freeze on roadways. In MA there is a Hazardous Weather Outlook, but not mention from Gray Maine NWS. Temps will be mild today but would have been much higher if the cloud cover breaks. Mild weather continues tonight and Wednesday as a strong cold front approaches the region from the west. There is the possibility of thunderstorms/tornadoes forming Wednesday/Wednesday night. This system will be moving quickly and heads offshore Wednesday night with sunny, and much colder air moving in for Thursday through next weekend. Winds will howl on Thursday. Another system will track south of the region on Friday, snow down there, and the next significant chance may be around Monday night, and it looks like snow. Stay tuned.

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SYNOPSIS...NH/ME
Warm weather continues today and intensifies on Wednesday as a
warm front lifts through the region. Temperatures will be near
record warm levels before a cold front moves across the area
Wednesday night. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible as
the front moves through. Colder air rushes in behind the front
Thursday morning and lasts through the weekend.

SYNOPSIS...MA
Warm and more humid conditions spill across New England today
and tomorrow. Some rain, even thunderstorms will accompany these
conditions. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are
possible Wednesday night ahead of a strong cold front.
Otherwise, mainly dry but blustery weather along with
progressively colder air is on tap Thursday through Saturday.
Wind chills of -5 to 10 above zero are anticipated by early
Saturday morning. Temperatures will begin to moderate some by
Sunday and especially next Monday.

LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
Highlights...

* A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wed evening but
the higher risk will be southwest of our region

* Dry but windy and much cooler Thu

* Colder Friday and watching band of light snow that probably
remains to our south

* Brief shot of very cold air Fri night/Sat am: Wind chills -5 to +10

* Milder Sun and especially by next Mon

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2/27 -  5:54 PM: Quiet weather tonight as a cold front drops south tonight, then lifts north as a warm front on Tuesday. Lots of clouds, chance of a few light showers later Tuesday. The unsettled pattern continues Tuesday night and Wednesday as a strong storm system tracks up the St. Lawrence Valley into Canada. As it does very mild air will be pulled north on Wednesday, perhaps breaking the record high for Portland (58°) set in 1985 may be in jeopardy. Highs here in Southern NH will be in the mid and upper 60s, low 70s south of the border. As the cold front approaches Wednesday night, showers and thunderstorms will be followed by gusty winds and Arctic air. That air will filter in Thursday and Friday. Highs on Thursday morning around 40° then dropping into the teens Thursday night. Highs on Friday will struggle to reach 30°.
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SYNOPSIS...NH/ME
A weak cold front will drop southeast through the region this
evening and will be followed by a ridge of high pressure after
midnight. The front will lift north on Tuesday and Tuesday
night as low pressure moves northeast through the Great Lakes.
Low pressure will track northeast through the St Lawrence Valley
on Wednesday and will drive a trailing cold front through the
region Wednesday night. High pressure will gradually build in
from the west Thursday. Low pressure will move through southern
New England and out to sea on Friday. High pressure will build
in from the west Saturday.

SYNOPSIS...MA
High pressure centered S of New England today moves out to sea
Tuesday. This brings back a mild flow of air with above normal
temperatures. A couple of weather systems will bring periods of
wet weather later Tuesday through Wednesday night. Colder air
returns late this week into next weekend.

LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Highlights...

* Above average temperatures for Wednesday
* Showers and thunderstorms likely Wednesday into Thursday
* More seasonable conditions return on Friday

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Regional Weather Discussion ...

The uncommonly mild air for this time of year continues for a few more days, then it turns much colder (and actually below normal by the end of the week.)
With highs in the 40s to lower 50s today we clinch a top 10 warmest February (numbers in Concord go back to 1868.) Clouds will build in and thicken at times and with those clouds there could be a passing shower at any time.

Shower chances start to increase along with the temperatures Wednesday. Highs will get back into the 50s to lower half of the 60s. With any breaks in the overcast, record highs could be challenged one last time (Concord is 65° and Portsmouth 64° set back in 1972.)

Showers will linger into Wednesday night, then wrap up early Thursday as skies clear and the northwest wind picks up. That will start to usher in colder air.

Highs Friday and this weekend will be below normal with a decent breeze out of the northwest and mainly fair skies.

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