Icy Weather Leads to Hazardous Roads in N.H.

Feb 16, 2016

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Nearly all of northern New England is under a winter weather advisory this morning, with snow and ice making for difficult driving in many areas.

The Department of Transportation saw car accidents across the state this morning, but officials said incidents were clearing up as rush hour passed.

“With the morning commute being done, that’s helpful,” transportation manager Sue Page said around 9:40 a.m.

There were “a lot of accidents” across the state earlier this morning, Page said, with vehicles sliding off of the roads in some cases. All of the agency’s crews were out trying to clean things up, she added.

Warmer temperatures are expected to creep in as the day goes on, but Page said drivers should still exercise caution.

“The problem is when the road is so cold and it rains, that’s where the slippery conditions come in,” Page said. “Things are still a little wet and slippery. We’re telling people just to be careful.”

Hazardous road conditions have lead the Department of Transportation to lower speed limits to 45 mph on the state's highways. Snow accumulations could run to four inches in parts of central New Hampshire and Vermont but warming temperatures today are also expected to change it over to sleet and freezing rain.

The weather advisory is in effect through mid-day today.