With yet another storm bringing rain and snow and ice to New Hampshire, NHPR's Sean Hurley went into downtown Plymouth to see how folks there were holding up.
Standing out on Main Street in Plymouth, I heard variations on the theme of "Please oh please, will someone stop the snow from snowing." Except from the unusual Kayla Grimes clearing the sidewalk with her trusty shovel in front of Plymouth Ski and Sport where she works.
I love shoveling. Do you? Yeah! I don't ski or snowboard. You shovel. I shovel.
In the summer, the Road Agent in a small New Hampshire town will handle everything from ditches to tree-work to regrading. But in the winter, there's pretty much one job. Keeping the roads clear of snow and ice. As this winter storm bears down, NHPR's Sean Hurley caught up with the local Road Agent in his hometown of Thornton to see how the town plows will handle the fresh snow.
John Kubik, Road Agent for the Town of Thornton, glances down at the inch of snow gathering around his boots.
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.
While the storm is causing some problems around the state people at the ski resorts are delighted: Typically the resorts are reporting at least a foot of new snow.
“Conditions are great this morning. Lots of powder out there,” says Greg Kwasnik a spokesman for Loon Mountain. “I just went out and did a couple of runs. The winds aren’t that bad. They have not affected us at all.”
Kwasnik says crowds are about normal for a Saturday and he thinks some skiers probably decided to stay home because of the heavy snowfall in the southern part of the state.
By Saturday morning it appeared the North Country had been spared the worst of the storm.
Only four inches of snow was reported in Lancaster and about nine inches in Randolph, according to spotter reports filed with the National Weather Service office in Gray Maine. Berlin was an exception with 14 inches.
Sergeant Travis Anderson of Troop F, which covers the North Country, said “things are pretty quiet.”
Anderson said only one car was reported off the road since midnight.
He said the snow is continuing and road crews are busy, but roads are still slippery.