Blizzard Conditions to Continue Today
The snowfall may have slowed down, but gusty winds are expected to make shoveling and traveling extremely difficult Monday morning.
The snow fall may have slowed significantly, but gusty winds and blizzard conditions are expected to continue throughout the day.
The National Weather Service's (NWS) blizzard warning will continue through noon today.
The NWS warns of "heavy snow and potentially damaging winds...with considerable blowing and drifting of snow." Winds could gust up to 45 mph at times, according to the NWS Web site.
The NWS also warns of extremely dangerous travel conditions this morning with visibility at a quarter of a mile or less at times. Accumulation of snow are estimated to total 10 to 16 inches.
"People should be really careful for ice and when shoveling today," said Lt. Brendan Martin of the Portsmouth Fire Department. "Stay off the roads until everything is clear...there's a lot of snow out there."
Portsmouth fire crews responded to several emergency calls throughout the night, which were mostly related to medical emergencies. They also responded to several calls of down tree limbs and electrical wires, especially in the neighborhood of Common Fence Point.
"We had some wires down," Martin said.
A tree has also fallen across Summit Street in Common Fence Point. The tree is apparently blocking access to and from this side street, which is located off Anthony Road and Sakonnet Drive.
Crews are working to remove the tree this morning.
Very few power outages are reported in Portsmouth this morning after a night when nearly 2,000 National Grid customers lost power. Only scattered outages were reported Monday morning with less than 10 customers apparently without electricity.
The town of Portsmouth has issued a parking ban, which will remain in effect from now through Tuesday morning.
Vehicles must not be parked on the east side of roads running north and south, nor may they be parked on the south side of roads running east and west.
All residents are urged to remove vehicles from streets during snow storms. This will allow for quicker, safer and more efficient plowing and sanding.
Town Hall is also closed today due to the storm.