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Sun February 24, 2013
Winter Storm Slowly Makes Its Way Across N.H.
While today’s snowstorm is less intense than predicted, most Granite Staters can expect it to linger into this evening. Since the storm system has remained largely off-shore, the Seacoast could see the most snow—up to six inches. But meteorologist Alex Graves says central and southern New Hampshire can expect two-to-four inches of accumulation.
“The whole system itself is going to be moving to the north and northeast, and it’s going to bring periods of snow and even a bit of a wintery mix throughout the entire day. It’s a slow mover," Graves says. "So this is kind of a long-duration storm, slowly accumulating, which is easier for some of the road management teams to keep up with it. But unfortunately, it is bringing a bit of a mess with it.”
That mess also extends to the state’s utilities. Wet, heavy snow landing on trees, especially pines, is still a concern for power companies.
As of last check, more than 3,100 New Hampshire homes and businesses were without power. PSNH has reported the most outages, at about 2,300. Most of those are in a belt extending from southern New Hampshire to the Seacoast. New Hampshire Electric Co-op reports nearly 680 outages, mostly concentrated in Rockingham County. And more than 150 Unitil customers are still without power in the Capital area. But that’s down from 1,600 outages reported about an hour ago.
Liberty Utilities is not reporting any outages at this time.