HAMPTON STORM CENTER: Snow Winding Down, Subzero Temperatures Expected

Check back here throughout the storm for updates on what's happening in Hampton and North Hampton.

Courtesy photos.
Courtesy photos.
Friday, Jan. 3 - 

  • 1 p.m.: Parts of Route 1A in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye were closed Friday afternoon due to waves washing over the roadway. One car even got stuck in the water in Rye.
  • 11:20 a.m.: We're also getting reports of an accident on Route 1 in North Hampton.
  • 11:18 a.m.: An overturned vehicle is being reported on Interstate 95 south, just south of the Hampton tolls. No word yet on injuries.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Here's the latest National Weather Service forecast for Hampton 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, with a high near 11. Wind chill values as low as -16. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible."
  • 7:15 a.m.: WMUR's Josh Judge is reporting that Hampton has received between 10-11" of snow so far from the storm. The snow is expected to wind down sometime this morning. Visibility remains quite bad on Seacoast roads, and there are some concerns about possible flooding at high tide around noon today.

Thursday, Jan. 2 - 

  • 7:15 p.m.: The North Hampton Administrative Offices and the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office will be opening on Friday, Jan. 3 at noon.
  • 6 p.m.: A Blizzard Warning has been issued for the New Hampshire Seacoast, including North Hampton and Hampton. You can track the blizzard's path here.
  • 3 p.m.: Hampton has now also declared a snow emergency through noon on Friday.
  • 2:06 p.m.: A snow emergency has been declared in North Hampton, meaning no on-street parking from 2:30 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday.
  • 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.
  • 1:14 p.m.: Check out this incredible photo by Hampton-North Hampton Patch reader Heidi Buzzell Hirtle of a North Hampton fire engine that slid off the road while responding to an accident on Thursday morning. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
  • 1:07 p.m.: Classes have been canceled on Friday in Hampton, North Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook due to the storm.
  • 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.
  • 11:28 a.m.: The North Hampton Budget Committee has canceled tonight's meeting due to the weather and the road conditions.
  • 10:48 a.m.: Here's a quick recap of some of the crashes we've heard about in the Hampton area this morning.
  • 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.
  • 10:22 a.m.: An overturned vehicle is being reported on Interstate 95 south at the tolls. No word yet on injuries.
  • 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"
  • 9:30 a.m.: According to emergency radio broadcasts, a fire engine responding to the crash on I-95 north in North Hampton is partially on its side, and the driver is still in the truck. A tow truck is responding to the scene.
  • 9:17 a.m.: A crash is now being reported on Interstate 95 north, just north of Exit 2, in North Hampton. Expect delays.
  • 9:14 a.m.: The Town of North Hampton just sent out an email alert warning that a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for low-lying areas.
  • 9 a.m.: A box truck reportedly overturned on Route 101 east in Hampton in the area of Interstate 95 around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported. An earlier accident was reported on I-95 in Hampton Falls.

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Get your shovels ready, Hampton and North Hampton. 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.

Current Forecast

How much snow is the Hampton 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 and a Coastal Flood Watch into effect for the Seacoast area.

School Closed

In case you missed it, Hampton, North Hampton and Seabrook schools are closed for Thursday.

North Hampton Town Offices Closed

North Hampton Town Administrator Paul Apple said that North Hampton Town Offices are closed on Thursday due to the storm.

Hampton-North Hampton Emergency Contacts

  • In case of an emergency, dial 911
  • Hampton Police Department: 603-929-4444
  • North Hampton Police Department: 603-964-8621
  • Hampton Fire Department: 603-926-3316
  • North Hampton Fire Department: 603-964-5500
  • Unitil power outages: 603-582-7276
  • 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)
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