Forecasters have been all over the place regarding snow totals and wind strength for Tuesday's storm, but as it gets closer it now appears it will be a formidable nor'easter that could pack a serious punch.
Anywhere from six to 12 inches is now expected in the Greater Rochester area with wind gusts of up to 50 mph.
The snow may begin as early as 5 a.m. on Tuesday and continue until around noon on Wednesday.
The strongest winds will be along the New Hampshire coast.
With the strong winds come the potential for widespread power outages.
Safety officials say driving conditions will be treacherous for both the morning and evening commutes on Tuesday.
Homeland Service and Emergency Management Director Robert Buxton today urged Granite Staters to, "Take some time to prepare yourself and your family. Stay informed by listening to local weather reports and signing up for NH Alerts. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle's emergency kit is well stocked and includes a flashlight, food, water and a blanket."
There is also a potential for power outages from the strong winds with this storm. Report power outages to your utility provider every 24 hours until it is restored:
Liberty Utilities 1-855-349-9455
NH Electric Co-Op 1-800-343-6432
Buxton provides these additional winter weather reminders:
- Visit ReadyNH.gov to learn more preparedness tips to help you and your family stay safe, including information on making a family emergency plan and building an emergency kit.
- Consider working or schooling from home so that crews can safely clear the roads.
- Slow down and move over for emergency vehicles and never crowd the plow.
- Clear all snow and ice off your car, including your roof, around lights, and license plates before traveling.
- Bridges, overpasses, and exposed road areas are the most prone to slippery conditions.
- Find the latest road conditions at newengland511.org.
- Plan two ways out of your home in case of emergency.
- Clear the driveway and front walk from ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
- Only use a generator that has been wired to the building electrical service by a professional electrician.
- Do not run a generator in the garage, even if the door is open, because carbon monoxide can still build up to very dangerous levels, very quickly.
- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, emergency responders will be able to find you.
- Stay away from downed wires and call 9-1-1.
- Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Also turn them off when you go to bed.
- Use flashlights, rather than candles, for emergency lighting.
- Check on neighbors and others who may need help.