LATEST FORECAST: Blizzard Targeting Exeter

The town could get up to 2 feet of snow; flooding is possible.

A blizzard is on track to hit Exeter.

The National Weather Service's latest forecast Thursday called for 18 to 24 inches of snow. The snow is expected to start Friday morning and continue through "at least" Saturday morning, NWS said. 

NWS declared a blizzard warning for Exeter and the rest of the Seacoast.

Winds will register at 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

The Unitil power company said its crews are on standby to deal with possible power outages. Spokesman Alec O'Meara said there could be delays in getting power back if there are high winds, since they could put workers in rising bucket trucks in danger.

"Unitil is prepared for this weather event and we will still be able to work with first responders to address wires down calls and public safety issues during this period," O'Meara said.

Flooding in Exeter is possible, especially along Swasey Parkway by the Squamscott River.

High tides in Exeter are scheduled for 11:18 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Friday. During previous storms Swasey Parkway was closed because of flooding.

Town Manager Russ Dean said crews will monitor conditions. Plows are prepared are ready to go to work Friday, Dean said.

"We're expecting light snow overnight, and tomorrow morning, with things intensifying tomorrow afternoon," he said Thursday afternoon. "At this point, we'll be open for business as usual."

Exeter Fire Chief Brian Comeau said if you plan to use a generator, keep it least 10 feet away from your house and do not run it in your garage because dangerous carbon monoxide could build up.

Check back to Exeter Patch for updates on power outages, road closures, and cancellations.

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Jason Claffey February 07, 2013 at 07:34 PM
The Exeter Stop & Shop will be open until midnight tonight in light of the snowstorm. It will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday. –The Editor


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