Snow Blankets Seacoast New Hampshire, Maine in White, Knocks Out Power
The Seacoast region is in for a snowy day as heavy, wet snow has already brought down power lines and canceled schools.
A Winter Weather Warning is in effect for the area with the exception of the immediate Rockingham County coastline. There will be a lull in the snow Monday morning as the storm enters the Gulf of Maine and reorganizes, according to the National Weather Forecast's Gray, Maine, office.
Bands of heavy snow will develop in the afternoon and early evening, which could accumulate at the rate of an inch per hour. Snow will end from west to east through the evening hours as the system pulls away from New England.
It will also be windy, with winds gusting out of the northwest at 25-35 mph. Combined with wet and sticky snow, it has already left thousands of customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.
- Eversource has approximately 40,000 customers without power statewide, including over 1,000 in Barrington, Dover, Durham, Epping, Lee, Rochester, and Rollinsford.
- Central Maine Power has 27,710 customers without power in York County, mostly in Berwick, Biddeford, Eliot, Old Orchard Beach, North Berwick, South Berwick, and York. Berwick , Kennebunkport, Wells, and York are especially hard hit with most of the customers served without power.
- New Hampshire Electric Co-op has over 2,300 customers without power, including Lee and Nottingham.
- Unitil had 423 customers without power in Stratham.
The city of Dover said downed wires and/or trees and tree limbs forced the closure of the following roads Monday morning:
- Old Stage Road
- Sixth Street (traffic is being detoured via Wildwood)
- Pearl Street
- Bayview Road
- Mallard Drive
- Varney Road
The speed on New Hampshire highways was lowered to 45 mph on Monday morning.
Maine State Police warned that many drivers are sliding off highways because they are going too fast for conditions.
A number of school districts are closed Monday, making for an unplanned four-day weekend. Many districts also called off classes on Friday.
Parking Restrictions in Effect
The City of Dover has again instituted a citywide parking ban on all city streets starting at 10 p.m. Monday night until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Parking is also banned in the Third Street and Belknap parking lots, and the Orchard Street lot's public parking spaces.
Somersworth has a winter storm parking ban from 10 p.m. Sunday until 8 p.m. Monday.
Rochester is banning parking on all city streets and city parking lots at 9 p.m. Sunday and all day Monday.