Eversource (Formerly PSNH) outages have been restored, after a peak of about 2,500. NHEC outages had peaked at around 2,800 (including about 1,800 in Moultonborough) but are now down to about 400 remaining without power.
Monday 9:44 a.m.
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan is urging residents to clear roofs of snow and ice. In a press release, the Department of Safety warns that flat roofs are not the only ones susceptible to collapse.
Buildings in Portsmouth, Seabrook and Hampton have been structurally compromised, and even collapsed.
According to the DOS, “buildings that can be considered most at risk are ones where the snow load is not even across the roof with large accumulations of snow and ice, buildings with large open floor areas, storage, warehouses, flat or low-sloped roofs and unoccupied buildings.”
Degnan also urges residents to do the following:
Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage your roof along with gas and oil service to the building.
Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building. Some vents, such as gas and oil heaters and pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.
Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency, should occur. Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire. Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.
Monday 8:23 a.m.
Frigid temperatures and high winds will last through Monday, with scattered power outages being reported throughout the region.
For updates on outages around the state, click on the utility maps linked above.
It's still very windy out there this AM. Coupled with bitterly cold temps and it creates a dangerous combination. pic.twitter.com/XUsGBd6FXp
The snow part of this weekend's storm is over, but forecasters are warning that tonight will bring dangerously low temperatures throughout the region.
The National Weather Service reports that as blowing snow winds down this evening, very cold air will move into New Hampshire from the Northwest. This air will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously low wind chill values, which could drop lower than twenty below zero.
Sunday 10:02 a.m.
According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow has ended across Maine and New Hampshire, but the winds are just beginning to blow.
Winds will cause significant blowing snow and lead to blizzard conditions for some areas. In addition, very cold air is moving in from Canada and will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously cold temperatures through Monday.
Sunday 8:28 a.m.
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A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight. New Hampshire can expect total snow accumulation of 10 to 15 inches for southern sections, 6 to 10 inches for the Merrimack Valley and central New Hampshire, with lesser amounts in the North Country.
Tomorrow, we'll see morning clouds, with partly sunny skies later in the day. It will be clear and cold on Wednesday, with more snow possible for Thursday.
4:45 p.m. - Some Businesses Seeing Snow-Related Uptick
by Sheryl Rich-Kern
This week’s steady pounding of snow prevents some consumers from patronizing shops and restaurants. But for those running an outdoor equipment shop, business can’t get any better.
Listen to the radio version of Sheryl's story
Whether or not the current snowfall tops any records, many in the Nashua region can’t remember a barrage like this one. The slow but steady storm that began Sunday is dumping another foot of snow.
At Nashua Outdoor Power Equipment, business has been very brisk. Fred Hayden has been selling and repairing snowblowers since 1991.
"We’re a little overwhelmed. We haven’t see snow like this – ever - in the history of our business. We’ve done as much volume in ten days as we do in one-third of the year. We’ve been here Sundays. We’ve been out here until eleven at night doing road calls."
Hayden says the light, fluffy snow freezes up carburetors, recoils, and starters on tractors. He recommends using high-octane gasoline that’s less than ninety days old — and adding a fuel stabilizer.
Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says it’s been a grueling last two weeks, and this latest prolonged storm is testing the endurance of crews working to clear the roads.
“We’ve got some crews that have not been home since late Saturday night around midnight,” he said. “They’re taking breaks along the way, but there really haven’t been too many lulls that have allowed them to take extensive periods off. So the work continues and will throughout most of the day.”
Even though there are close to 700 trucks out, Boynton says drivers should expect snow-covered roads through most of the day.
National Weather Service radar from Portland, Maine shows the stalled front, which is expected to cause prolonged snowfall across New Hampshire well into Monday night.
Officials in Nashua are urging people and business owners to clear snow off their roofs, after a roof partially collapsed at a vacant commercial building Sunday night.
The city’s emergency management director Justin Kates says no one was hurt in the incident.
“But it really does show some of the concerns we’re looking at over the next couple of days as these constantly increasing snow packs on roofs continue to build up,” he said. “If people don’t take care of that by sending crews up or using a roof rake, we could be seeing some catastrophic consequences with roofs collapse.”
This comes just after heavy snow caused the roof an apartment building in the city to partially collapse last week, displacing two dozen residents.
Kates says the city has cleared snow off of several public buildings.
He says the city continues to work to clear snow that has fallen over several major winter storms over the past few weeks.
6:56 a.m., Monday
A prolonged winter storm is bearing down on the Granite State.
Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the storm that began Saturday night is expected to continue through tonight.
“Most of the state has picked up, at least south of the Lakes Region, around 1-3 inches of snow," he said. "We’ll probably pick up 2-4 inches today into tonight.”
A winter storm warning remains in effect for almost the entire state except for northern Coos county through midnight tonight.
Carolan says total accumulation for the southern part of the state will be tween 8 to 14 inches.
Only a few inches are expected north of the Lakes Regions into the White Mountains.
Speed limits on the state’s major highways have been lowered 45 miles per hour.
A stalled front will continue to produce sustained snowfall across New Hampshire through Monday night. According to the National Weather service, waves of low pressure will allow for period of snow across the region.
While the snow at any given time will not be particularly intense, it will add up over the course of the storm, with some areas seeing well over a foot. The heaviest snowfall is expected across southern parts of the state.
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Residents in 30 apartments had to evacuate a large complex in Nashua Tuesday night when part of a roof collapsed from heavy snow. No injuries were reported, but city officials are urging resident and building owners to monitor the snow loads on their roofs to prevent further incidents.
The storms from the last two weeks dropped close to four feet of snow in the Nashua region. And that creates safety risks for drivers, walkers and homeowners.
Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in a Nashua apartment building.
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8:13 a.m. Wednesday: Nashua, Durham Work to Get Back to Normal
Rick Ganley speaks with Nashua's Emergency Management Director Justin Kates and Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig about cleanup efforts.
Cleanup is underway across New Hampshire today, after yesterday’s blizzard.
We check in with two communities hit hardest by the storm: Nashua and Durham.
Let’s start with Nashua, which saw 33 inches of snow.
Justin Kates is the city’s director of emergency management.
How are things looking this morning?
I think we’ve made significant improvements. We’ve had crews out all night. We had crews out all day yesterday. These plow drivers have really been working nonstop to clear those roads as much as possible. We’re seeing some really good improvements today.
Do you feel confident that roads are clear enough that people can get out and about this morning?
I do. I think the big concern for folks is they’re going to want to give themselves some extra time this morning to ensure their driveways are clear. Those roads are still a little icy, so it’s still important for people to drive safe if they have to go out this morning.
What about parking on city streets?
At 10 a.m. this morning, parking will be allowed on city streets as well as those municipal surface lots.
What about other concerns besides roadways? Have there been any other lingering issues from the storm?
Thankfully with this storm, we didn’t have any power outages, which certainly brings a concern to the emergency management office. We didn’t have to open up any shelters and for the most part, it was just a significant snow event that really impacted our public works department. Thankfully, there weren’t really any other concerns other than keeping those streets clear.
Speaking of your public works department, how about the budget? We’ve got many more storms on the horizon and it’s only the end of January.
One of the things I think we do pretty well in the city is to plan for these kinds of events. There’s a snow budget already in place here in the city as well as a trust fund in the event that we have one of those significant winters like we’ve had in the past. I think we’re ready to go if we see continue to see more snow like this throughout the winter.
Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig also joined Morning Edition.
What are you seeing in Durham today?
We had quite a storm yesterday. We took measurements yesterday evening and parts of Durham had up to 28 inches of snow.
How’s it looking for snow removal?
It’s been hard sledding, to be honest with you. A storm like this requires that our snow fighters in the public works department sometimes go for as long as 24 hours with only short breaks for meals and naps. At this time, we have more or less had to send all of our staff home to rest because they had been going more than a day without stopping.
We have all of our main roads cleared. We have most of the sidewalks in the downtown cleared. But all of the sidewalks extending into our ancillary neighborhoods, around the downtown into some of the more distant parts of the community will have to wait for about another day so we can muster the resources to clear those out.
Looking ahead, there are some other storms on the horizon. How’s the town budget?
The town budget is good. We begin our fiscal year Jan. 1, so we’ve really just begun with a new fiscal year. I have to say we were running on fumes until Dec. 31, but we’re recharged now with a new fiscal year. That’s good news, but storms like this are costly. In salt alone, Durham went through about $10,000 in this storm. And the total cost of cleanup is going to be somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. I’m betting around $35,000, toward the high end.
When do you feel like you’ll be back to normal in Durham?
It’s hard because clearing the roads is just the first step. In the downtown in particular, we have very large snow piles and we need to bring in special loaders and dump trucks in order to cart all of that snow away. To make matters worse, we have more snow coming in this weekend, with more than a foot or more expected next Monday.
6:16 a.m. Wednesday: Cleaning up the Mess
New Hampshire is digging out from a strong winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some places.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said government will reopen Wednesday after shutting down when the storm blew through on Tuesday. Some schools will remain closed for a second day and strong winds into Tuesday night meant snow drifts were likely to pop up on some roads.
Snowfall totals ranged from a few inches north of the White Mountains to more than 3 feet along the coast. Wind speeds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph blew drifts that reached rooflines in some places.
Wednesday is expected to be cold and dry but more snow could reach the state starting Thursday night.
5:10 p.m. Tuesday: Overview of the Storm
A major winter storm blanketed New Hampshire Tuesday, but ample warning, a declared state of emergency and what Gov. Maggie Hassan called good old Granite State common sense kept problems to a minimum. Here's an overview of the storm so far, via The Associated Press:
Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:36 pm
Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET
Parts of the U.S. northeast are bracing for as much as 2 feet of snow as a blizzard-like system bears down on the region.
The strong system could leave significant snowfall on the ground from Philadelphia to Maine beginning late tonight and continuing through Tuesday.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents of the city to expect unusually icy conditions and to "look out for your fellow New Yorkers ... check on them." Long Island could get 24 inches of snow, forecasters said.
A mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet has delayed openings for more than 200 schools in New Hampshire and has made for some slick driving conditions.
Several accidents have been reported. WMUR-TV reports in Londonderry, a car rolled over and ended up in a swamp along Route 28. The car was partially submerged, but all three people inside were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries.
With frigid temperatures arriving this weekend, Kimberly Ohman with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester says people should be hypervigilant for hypothermia.
"Shivering for one, that’s going to be your number one warning sign. Also just a little bit increased confusion, and the difficulty speaking is going to be another warning sign, difficulty walking, some people may have an altered gait that’s unusual for them," Ohman says.
With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.
Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."
Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."
Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday's nor'easter was worse than the state's utilities and officials had prepared for.
"We know this was a unique storm, the snow is heavier and wetter than predicted, and that’s really had an impact. But the utilities have been getting extra crews here as fast as they can, and I think they were planning for a significant event, but our weather experts tell us this is heavier wetter and more snow than they thought it would be."
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Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents woke up on Thanksgiving morning without power.
Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electricity provider, reported 168,000 of its customers were in the dark this morning.
Unitil is reporting about 18,000 customers are without power.
PSNH spokeswoman Lauren Collins says the company says the southern and central-eastern portions of the state were hit hardest.
“So Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford counties have the most concentrated outages. There are outages as you head the western part of the state, the southwestern part. And as you head to the lakes region, there are also some scattered outages.”
Collins says the major problem has been heavy, wet snow bringing down large trees.
She says crews have been working through the night, and will continue to work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“At this time, we have 138 PSNH workers, 100 additional contractors our there. They’ve been working pretty much nonstop to make sure that somebody gets a warm turkey today.”
Additional crews are expected today from across New England and Canada to provide support.
Still, Collins says customers should expect this process take some time.
“We are telling people to be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort. That doesn’t mean everyone will be without power for several days, but we want them to be prepared and stay safe. Have necessaries on hand; flashlights, batteries, etc.”
New Hampshire Electric Co-op Making Progress, Asks for Patience
Dena DeLucca, vice president with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, says roughly 15,000 customers are without power this morning.
That’s down from a peak of about 22,000 customers overnight.
DeLucca says there are still a number of power lines, and asks customers to have patience as crews work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“What happens with this heavy snow it brings down trees and tree limbs that take down the wire. It’s a fairly extensive job to put that back, once they get the road cleared.”
She says 20 line crews and 25 crews are out working this morning to repair the damage.
The company hopes to have power restored to all customers by 10 this evening.
11:11 AM: The wet weather isn’t over yet for New Hampshire.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Wednesday night for most of the state.
The National Weather Service says several rounds of heavy rainfall are moving through the region, which could lead to flash flooding with an inch to 3 inches of rain.
There have been a number of washouts during the latest round of summer storms. At least one home had to be evacuated near Route 119 in Winchester. Part of the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua had to be closed as well.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport remains open today despite the winter storm. But Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neill says they've seen "a significant level of cancelations and delays." While 13 flights have left on time, he says airlines have canceled 12 other flights so far.
The state Department of Transportation is advising commuters along major highways and interstates in southern New Hampshire to travel no faster than 45 miles an hour. But DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says in many cases, travelers may need to go even more slowly. He says crews from Concord to the Massachusetts border are working in "the heart of the storm," and dealing with snow falling at about one to two inches an hour. "And that's going to limit visibility. It's also going to mean snow covered roads.
A winter storm warning is in effect statewide. Meteorologist Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua says the area south of the Lakes Region will see the heaviest accumulations, ranging from seven to twelve inches. And he says southern New Hampshire will bear the brunt of the storm. "We could see snowfall rates across the southern third of the state approach one, one and a half inches an hour through the midmorning hours as this storm system develops," he says. "The snow, though, from the Lakes Region northward is going to be lighter.
Motorists are being urged to use caution and leave extra time for travel as a winter storm promises to deliver more snow and bitter cold temperatures to the Granite State.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Bonyton said roads are slick and that drivers need to take it slow. Speed limits have been reduced to 45 MPH on New Hampshire's interstates and turnpikes.
The season’s first major storm this weekend dumped snow across the state, with accumulations ranging from six inches to more than a foot. But despite a tough weekend, it should be a relatively easy trip for Monday morning commuters.
The strong storms that moved through New Hampshire sent lightning strikes that sparked some fires and possibly injured some people.
The Telegraphof Nashuareports Londonderry crews were called to Comcast on Thursday after the building was struck by lightning. An employee complained of feeling light-headed and tingling sensations consistent with electrical shock. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.