WINTER STORM WARNING INTO FRIDAY A.M.

by Christian Mower on December 27, 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE UNTIL 4 A.M. FRIDAY.

FORECASTERS EXPECT HEAVY SNOW TO FALL ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WESTERN MAINE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. UP TO A FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW MAY FALL IN SOME INTERIOR SECTIONS, WITH TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS IN SOME AREAS REACHING 18 INCHES OR HIGHER.

THE HEAVY MAY┬áBE ACCOMPANIED BY GUSTY WINDS AND LOW VISIBILITIES THAT WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT AND EVEN DANGEROUS – AND MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

THE WARNING AREA INCLUDES CARROLL AND COOS COUNTIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND OXFORD AND CUMBERLAND COUNTIES IN MAINE.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR HAPPENING NOW. FORECASTERS RECOMMEND YOU ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY DURING THE WARNING PERIOD. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, THEY RECOMMEND YOU KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR CAR IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF RAY LEAVITT CAUTIONS PEOPLE NOT TO GO OUT ONTO PONDS AND LAKES UNTIL CHECKING THE ICE THICKNESS, AS MANY PONDS AND LAKES ARE STILL NOT SAFE.

MAINE GOV. PAUL LEPAGE SAYS STATE OFFICES ARE CLOSED IN MAINE THURSDAY AND WILL RE-OPEN FRIDAY.

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