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December 16, 2013

First real snowstorm cuffs Merrimack Valley

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Authorities urged people to travel only when necessary, reduce speeds well below the posted limits and leave additional space between vehicles. Derry, N.H., police reported residents in that town were staying at home for the most part.

The first significant snowfall of the winter of 2013-2014 was welcome news to ski areas. At New Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee, the cars were pouring into the parking lot yesterday morning. While high winds kept the summit chairlifts closed in the morning, they were expected to open later in the day as the storm wound down.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport reported all flights arriving and departing on time. Many morning flights at Logan International Airport in Boston and other airports in the region were canceled yesterday, but most afternoon flights were listed as on time.

“We term it a kind of low-end nor’easter,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist for the Weather Service. “It’s a pretty typical winter storm.”

Car accidents were reported across the Northeast, including a crash in central Pennsylvania that killed two people late Saturday morning. Police told The Altoona Mirror that an SUV was traveling too fast for weather conditions when it lost control and slid into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. The two people in the SUV died, and the truck driver was seriously injured.

Evan Weststrate, an engineer who lives in Newton, Mass., had been shoveling his property for about 90 minutes yesterday morning and wasn’t finished.

“It’s getting heavier as it gets colder,” he said about the weight of the snow. “The slush is turning to ice and it’s getting heavy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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