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February 6, 2014

Snow cancels school, drivers stay off road

Totals expected to be about 10 inches across region

A snowstorm closed schools and emptied roads yesterday, but didn’t break the hearts or backs of Granite Staters.

“Another nuisance,” said Jon Normington, owner of Windham Junction Country Gift Shop and Kitchen, as he pushed a snowblower through the parking lot.

The National Weather Service reported a half foot of snow had fallen across parts of Southern New Hampshire by lunchtime, including Londonderry, Derry and Hampstead.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley said it looked like 10 inches would be the most people would see across the region by the time the storm gave up early last night.

“I think that will be the highest for everybody,” Hawley said.

The snowfall total would have New Hampshire at about normal for a winter, he said.

Concord had 37.1 inches total this winter as of midnight Tuesday, a deficit of about 2.6 inches from a typical Granite State winter.

More could be on the way.

“It’s possible there will be another storm Sunday morning into Sunday night,” Hawley said. “It’s too early to tell how much. Some models show it missing us completely.”

People stayed off the road and that curtailed traffic trouble.

“So far so good,” said New Hampshire State Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian as the storm revved up mid-morning.

“Traffic has picked up a bit this last hour, but nothing like it normally would be,” Armaganian said.

Sgt. Paul Hunt of NHSP Troop B, which patrols Interstate 93, said despite numerous minor accidents it was a very good day.

“People heeded the warning this time around,” Hunt said.

At about 12:15 p.m., the driver of a red Ford 250 pickup struck the guardrail on Interstate 93 north in Londonderry near Exit 5. N.H. State Police said the driver may have had some kind of medical emergency, which caused the crash.

The highway was closed in that area for about 40 minutes. The driver’s name was not released until family members could be notified. No other vehicles were involved.

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