A significant snowstorm could hit Salem on Friday.
Right now, estimates vary widely as to how much snow we're going to get. Some forecasters are predicting as little as 3 inches, while others are saying we could see nearly 2 feet.
According to the National Weather Service, the snow is expected to start on Thursday night, and continue through Friday night. At this time, the National Weather Service does not having any warnings or advisories in effect for New Hampshire.
February is notorious for big storms, according to the Weather Channel. So far, we've seen slightly more snow in New Hampshire than last year, but well below an average year.
The Salem Public Works Department offers the following tips on its website related to snow emergencies:
During a winter snow emergency you can make a difference, by following these simple guidelines:
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions.
- Allow additional driving time to arrive at your destination.
- Do not drive during storms unless it is absolutely necessary.
- When a storm is approaching, remove vehicles from the side of the road so that drivers can perform services effectively. Having a parked car on the side of the road impedes the operation thus making removal difficult and inefficient.
- Be patient. It takes time to clear approximately 210 miles of roadway.
- During a storm it is important for the DPW to keep the telephone lines clear for emergency communications. General information questions and calls are welcome at any other time.
- Remove any and all potentially harmful objects from the right-of-way (edge of pavement) i.e. basketball hoops, rocks, skateboard ramps, unregistered vehicles, etc.
- Do not throw snow back into the street during or after our plowing event.
- Don’t push snow across the street from your driveway. It is dangerous and against Town ordinances.
- Do not pile snow on sidewalks. It makes it very hard on the removal equipment and jeopardizes children walking to school safely! Please use extreme care when walking on uncleared sidewalks – DO NOT WALK IN THE STREET.