- 8:30 a.m.: Here's the latest National Weather Service forecast for Salem for today: "Snow likely with areas of blowing snow before 11am, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow between 11am and 1pm, then areas of blowing snow after 1pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -16. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible."
- 7:56 a.m.: Mall at Rockingham Park and the department stores will open at 10 a.m. Friday.
- 7:55 a.m.: The snow is expected to wind down sometime this morning. Visibility remains quite bad on Southern New Hampshire roads, so drive carefully.
Thursday, Jan. 2 -
- 6 p.m.: A Blizzard Warning has been issued for parts of New Hampshire. You can track the storm's path here.
- 3:27 p.m.: The Salem Boys & Girls Club just announced that it will close at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The club will be closed all day Friday and Saturday, resuming its regular programming on Monday.
- 2:43 p.m.: The Salem School District just informed us that classes have been canceled for Friday, Jan. 3 due to the snowstorm.
- 1:50 p.m.: The New Hampshire Department of Transportation just issued a statement reminding motorists to slow down and limit travel for the duration of the current storm. Because of the extremely cold temperatures, anti-icing chemicals have limited effectiveness and road conditions may be worse than they appear, according to NHDOT Director of Operations Bill Janelle. Advisory speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph on all interstates and turnpikes. For additional winter driving tips, click here.
- 1:25 p.m.: Just checked in with the Salem School District, and they said school HAS NOT been canceled for Friday as of yet. They promised to let us know as soon as they make a decision.
- 12:20 p.m.: Gov. Hassan has now issued a full statement about the storm, urging residents to be cautious. Unlike Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, however, she is not releasing state employees early.
- 10:30 a.m.: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is now starting to report some flight delays and cancellations. Logan Airport in Boston is already saying it will cease operations at 8 p.m. and resume tomorrow afternoon.
- 10:10 a.m.: According to Salem Community Television's Facebook page, tonight's Conservation Commission meeting has been canceled due to the weather.
- 9:57 a.m.: Gov. Maggie Hassan just sent out the following Tweet urging New Hampshire residents to drive safely throughout the duration of the storm: "Heavy snow will continue throughout the day & night, encouraging Granite Staters to exercise caution on the roads and drive safely"
Get your shovels ready, Salem. You're going to need them.
The first storm of 2014 is underway as the initial flakes began falling after midnight on Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be some accumulation, though much of the snow will come Thursday night into Friday before the storm ends by Friday afternoon.
Below is what you need to know about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.
How much snow is the Salem area expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 8 a.m. Already the National Weather Service has declared a Winter Storm Warning.
School ClosedIn case you missed it, Salem schools are closed for Thursday.
Salem Emergency Contacts
- In case of an emergency, dial 911
- Salem Police Department: 603-893-1911
- Salem Fire Department: 603-890-2200
- Liberty Utilities power outages: 1-800-465-1212
- Public Service of New Hampshire Power Outages: 1-800-662-7764
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)