Portsmouth Public Schools – 1 hour delay Mon Mar 2

All Portsmouth public schools will open with a one hour delay Monday March 2.

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Parking Ban 5:00 PM Sun Mar 1 – 2:00 PM Mon Mar 2

The Portsmouth Police Department has issued a parking ban in Portsmouth from 5:00 PM Sunday March 1 through 2:00 PM Monday March 2. A plowable snowfall is expected late Sunday into Monday morning,

Allow extra time for travel Monday morning.

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Parking Ban Tue Feb 24 10:00 PM

The Portsmouth Police Department has issued a parking ban in Portsmouth from 10:00 PM Tuesday Feb 24 through 2:00 PM Wednesday Feb 25. A plowable snowfall is expected overnight tonight.

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Parking ban Noon Sat Feb 21

The Portsmouth Police Department has issued a parking ban in Portsmouth from noon Saturday Feb 21 through noon Sunday Feb 22. This is to allow Public Works personnel to clear snow and open storm drains. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Travel Advisory Tues Morning Feb 17

Allow extra time for travel Tuesday morning Feb 17. Light snow will result in slippery roads and reduced visibility. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches expected. Use caution while driving and give plows and sand trucks plenty of room on the roads.

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Travel Advisory Sunday 11:20 AM

Road travel is not recommended.

All town and state roads were cleared by mid-morning, but drifting snow will continue to be a problem throughout the day today. Strong winds will continue to pick up the powdery fallen snow. Expect periods of low visibility. Previously cleared roads may be blocked by drifting snow. Local and state highway crews will be out in full force throughout the day, but they will face a daunting task of keeping the roads clear.

Temperatures will fall throughout the day. Temperature will be in the low single digits by daybreak on Monday. The lingering wind will result in some of the most extreme wind chills we have experienced in recent memory.

If you must travel by car, take precautions in case you are stranded. Dress warmly. Carry a fully charged cell phone and at least one working flashlight. Non-essential travel is not recommended. Stay home, stay safe.

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Winter Storm Update 9:30 PM Saturday

We have entered a lull period in the snowfall which may last for an hour or two or perhaps even longer. This is a only temporary respite from the snow. The real snow maker is just now forming off the coast. The storm will rapidly intensify later tonight into early Sunday morning, bringing round 2 of the snow. Expect locally heavy bands of snow to develop along with rapidly increasing northerly winds. This next phase of the storm is likely to produce true blizzard conditions.

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BLIZZARD WARNING Sat Feb 14 into Sun Feb 15

The National Weather Service has now upgraded the Storm Warning for our area to a Blizzard Warning. Make preparations for this dangerous storm now. Complete road travel before sunset today. Be prepared to remain indoors until this storm subsides Sunday evening.

Here is the statement from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
440 AM EST SAT FEB 14 2015
…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST
MONDAY…
…WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST
MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES.
* LOCATIONS…NEWPORT AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES…INCLUDING BLOCK
ISLAND.
* HAZARD TYPES…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS…INCLUDING HEAVY SNOW…POOR
VISIBILITIES…AND STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES.
* TIMING…SNOW ARRIVES THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUES INTO THIS
EVENING. AFTER A BRIEF LULL LATE THIS EVENING…MORE SNOW
ARRIVES LATE TONIGHT. THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE
LATE TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY EVENING.
* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AND POTENTIALLY
LIFE THREATENING DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. CONDITIONS WILL
REMAIN DANGEROUS FOR TRAVEL WELL INTO SUNDAY DUE TO BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW…RESULTING IN REDUCED VISIBILITY. POWER OUTAGES
CAN BE EXPECTED AT SOME LOCATIONS DUE TO VERY STRONG WINDS…
ESPECIALLY THOSE TOWARD THE IMMEDIATE COASTS.
* WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW.
TRAVEL SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. AVOID
TRAVELING DURING THE STORM IF POSSIBLE.
A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY
BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED…SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.
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Winter storm update 12:25 AM Saturday

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our area from 3 PM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday. Note that nearby areas *including Fall River* are under a more urgent Blizzard Warning. We are on the edge of a dividing line between Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning. Whether or not this weekend’s storm meets the criteria for a blizzard, forecasters agree that this will be a high impact event. Expect significant snowfall driven by strong north winds with gusts possible to 60 MPH, accompanied by the coldest temperatures of this winter. Driving may become impossible in whiteout conditions Saturday night and Sunday.

Complete road travel by late afternoon Saturday. Stay indoors during the storm. Each family member should have a working flashlight. Charge cell phones and reserve power banks now. Monitor news outlets for weather information and any emergency information.

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Winter Storm Warning Saturday Feb 14 into Sunday Feb 15

From the Taunton office of the National Weather Service:

318 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2015
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM SATURDAY TO 11 AM EST
SUNDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM SATURDAY TO
11 AM EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS…RHODE ISLAND…NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT AND CENTRAL
MASSACHUSETTS.
* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW…BLOWING SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES.
* TIMING…LATE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY.
* IMPACTS…DIFFICULT TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS AND POOR
VISIBILITY.
* WINDS…NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW.
TRAVEL SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
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