In an ideal world, Friday would be a great day to stay inside with hot chocolate, gaze out the window, and watch the snow gently fall.

Here in reality, it's a great day to stay off the roads as up to a foot of snow is expected to fall by Friday afternoon when it starts to taper off.

The speed on Route 95 and the Spaulding Turnpike was reduced to 45 mph on Friday morning. 15 flights were canceled from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, according to FlightAware.com.

Many school districts canceled classes on Friday.

The Worst of the Storm

The heaviest of the snow, which could fall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour, will be Friday morning according to National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Legro in Gray, Maine.

"The storm is on track. We're pretty much in it now," Legro told Seacoast Current. "It will start to taper off right around noon if not a little after."

The storm itself is pretty uneventful, with all snow falling for the entire Seacoast area with no changeover to freezing rain, sleet or ice.

"No surprises really, versus some of the other storms we've had this year," Legro said.

Expected snow accumulation from Friday's snow storm
Expected snow accumulation from Friday's snow storm (NWS)
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Parking Bans & Closures for Friday

  • COAST buses will not operate on Friday
  • Amesbury: City offices are closed on Friday. Street parking is prohibited until Saturday at 7 a.m.
  • Dover: A citywide parking ban will be in effect Friday beginning at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 a.m. The ban will be in effect downtown from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday. All city administrative offices, including City Hall are closed. The Dover Public Library is also closed.
  • Exeter: A snow emergency parking ban is in effect Friday morning at 6 a.m. until Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Trash and recycling pick-up for Friday will be delayed until Saturday,
  • Kingston: Waste Management has suspended trash pickup operations for Friday. Trash will be collected on Saturday.
  • Newburyport: A street parking ban takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday until further notice.
  • Portsmouth: A parking ban is in effect Friday from 1 a.m. - 9 a.m. All Friday trash collection have been moved to Saturday. The Recycling Center will be closed on Friday
Snowblower safety tips
Snowblower safety tips (ReadyNH.gov)
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Saturday will be a good day to clear away the snow, with sunny skies and temperatures around freezing.

"Given the stronger sun, we should see some of this start to melt,"Legro said, "Then Sunday it's in the upper 30s so additional melt will go on all weekend."

Send your pictures of the snow to reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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