Meteorologist Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Service tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the winter storm system is moving north through New Hampshire Thursday evening, with snow expected to wrap up during the day Friday.
The last winter storm we followed closely decided not to come through New Hampshire, and instead dropped heavy snow in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast.
But Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Services says we're not going to miss this one. "This is going to be a definite snow event," he says. "The heaviest snow will across central and especially into southern New Hampshire."
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The decision in State v. Jackman may bar the state from fining you if you refuse to shovel sidewalks, but it doesn't bar your neighbors from thinking ill of you when you leave snow all over the neighborhood.
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Plow trucks have been busy in New Hampshire today, cleaning up nearly a foot of snow that fell in the first winter storm of the year. Of course, plow trucks can’t clear everything – to remove snow from sidewalks, for example, cities have to rely on smaller plow vehicles, snowblowers, or snow shovels (along with a fair bit of strength and patience).
One thing that New Hampshire cities apparently can't turn to when it's time to clear sidewalks: residents. That’s because of a State Supreme Court ruling, State v. Jackman, more than a century ago.
The northern part of the state could be in for some icy weather this weekend.
Meteorologist Gary Best says the southern and central part of the state will likely only see rain with temperatures there above freezing.
“But the further north you go, especially from the Lakes Region up into the White Mountains, and the North Country itself, there will be some pockets of freezing rain and maybe some sleet mixed in at times this weekend.”
Best says the wet weather will be sporadic through Saturday and into Sunday, but doesn’t expect it to be a major icing situation.
New Hampshire residents are shoveling about 3 to 6 inches of new snow in some spots just a few days after the first big storm of the season hit.
Much of the snow fell during Tuesday afternoon and evening, with multiple spin-outs on the Everett Turnpike and Interstate 93. Highways were still slick Wednesday morning and speeds were lowered to 45 mph.
A water main break in Concord affected 26 homes Tuesday night, but it wasn't immediately known if it was weather-related. Service was restored Wednesday morning.
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.