After snow threat, warmer temps coming for Nashua area – really

No matter your individual weather preference, there’s a bunch of good and bad news awaiting us in the next week or so. If you like cold, you’re set for the next few days. If you like late-season snowstorms, Mother Nature will tease you a little come late Tuesday and Wednesday, when she sends a howling blizzard up the coast but, alas, too far offshore to bring the Nashua area any significant snow. And if you’ve had enough, already, of winter and find yourself staring out the window wondering where spring is, this week’s rather bad news will become pretty good news as we get ready to usher in April. So says Hudson meteorologist and Telegraph weather columnist Doug Webster, who said Monday that he’d be very surprised if this area sees more than a coating of snow from the early spring “big blow,” which forecasters predict will explode into an intense, wind-driven system off the New England coast Tuesday and Wednesday.

January thaw comes as advertised; Snow possible Wednesday

HUDSON – A polar vortex, which gripped the Eastern United States with frigid temperatures for the better part of last week, has retreated and this year’s “January thaw” has come as advertised. Meteorologist and Telegraph columnist Doug Webster said that homes near streams should be on alert as the thaw takes over and rain arrives. Yet, Webster said flooding should not be a major concern. “I don’t think the average homeowner should worry,” Webster said. Rain this week, coupled with a still-frozen ground, may set the stage for minor basement flooding in vulnerable homes and Webster cautioned homeowners.

Rain goes away; now it’s time to shiver

Fears that the moderate, sometimes heavy, precipitation Sunday and Sunday night would change to freezing rain or slushy snow were never realized in the immediate Nashua area, but those journeying out early Monday should be wary of patches of black ice, local weatherman Doug Webster said. The fast-moving storm system, which hit the Northeast Sunday with rain, freezing rain and snow depending on location, didn’t hang around long enough to allow colder air to freeze the precipitation or change it to snow, Webster said. He predicted the rain to end well before midnight Sunday, followed by gradually clearing skies. The temperature won’t dip drastically, he said, but it will get cold enough overnight to freeze whatever water that remains on walkways and roadways. “This is what I call a yawner,” Webster said.

Merrimack Police Log for Oct. 14-Nov. 15

Merrimack Police Department Oct. 14 Arrest/Summons Aaron Davis, 24, 8 Kearns Drive: Operating after suspension, 1:43 p.m. Accidents Route 101A: 10:42 a.m. Two-vehicle accident. Drivers: William Connoly, Merrimack, and John O’Laughlin III, Nashua.

Amherst police officer injured in chase

AMHERST – A police officer was injured Friday when his cruiser was struck by a car driven by a woman fleeing police. The woman, Cheryl Nelson, 44, of Tyngsborough, Mass., faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and was held at the Amherst Police Department on $25,000 cash bail pending arraignment, police said. The officer, Sgt. Patrick Webster, was treated at a local hospital and released, police said. Nelson was involved in a chase that began in Milford.

Cold snap can be dangerous, but records unlikely

It’s cold out, indeed – but it’s been colder and, depending on your age, a whole lot colder in these parts. Still, this week’s temperatures, which are expected to moderate a tad by the weekend, aren’t to be scoffed at. They may not set records, but they’re still plenty low enough to injure, or even kill, folks who don’t abide by the dress-in-layers and cover-exposed-skin rules. In Nashua, the mercury made it to 14 on Wednesday, making it the coldest day in two years but still not a record-setter. That honor goes to Jan.

NH man gets 60 years for shooting police officer

MANCHESTER – A Litchfield man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a Manchester police officer has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Myles Webster was convicted in December of shooting Officer Daniel Doherty last March, shattering his leg and causing serious internal injuries. At Webster’s sentencing hearing Monday, Doherty said he is still living with the scars of seven bullet wounds, but is on a fast-track for recovery. In urging the judge to impose a significant sentence, he echoed prosecutor Jeff Strelzin, who said nothing but locking Webster up would stop him from harming others. Webster did not speak at the hearing.