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February 6, 2014

Snow cancels school, drivers stay off road

Totals expected to be about 10 inches across region


Schools took the day off. Many announced cancellations sometime on Tuesday, putting students and parents at ease. Other agencies closed, too, such as Pelham Town Hall and Nesmith Library in Windham.

“Traffic volumes are down with numerous school closures, which is helping with the plowing effort,” said New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman William Boynton.

DOT advised motorist to keep highway speeds to 45 mph or less.

They did. Travel through Londonderry during the morning commute moved at 30 mph or lower.

Drivers keeping speeds down may have helped make it safer.

“No major incidents that I am aware of,” Boynton said.

Derry drew public praise for plowing for the first time this winter.

“Shockingly, we have had a plow go by four times in the last two (hours), which is two times more than any of the last few storms put together,” Beth Doherty posted on Facebook.

“I’ve never seen the plow so many times during one storm,” Stephanie Berry Laskiewicz posted. “Thanks DPW!”

Forecasts gave road crews plenty of time to prepare their attack.

“Major corridors in the southern part of the state, including Interstate 93, were pre-treated with brine Tuesday to prevent snow and ice buildups on pavement,” Boynton said.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport saw cancellations rise as the storm got worse.

“A number of flights were able to get out on schedule this morning, but we have a significant number of cancellations, both arrivals and departures, through this afternoon,” airport spokesman Tom Malafronte said.

Airport crews worked hard to keep roadways and runways open, he said.

Officials hoped to be back on schedule at the airport by this morning.

Pelham school officials yesterday afternoon announced they had postponed the school deliberative session because of concerns about road conditions and traffic safety.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Friday in Sherburne Hall, 6 Village Green. Details will be aired about the proposed $22 million Pelham High expansion and renovation.

Sanborn Regional School District also rescheduled its deliberative session for 7 tonight at Sanborn Regional High School, 17 Danville Road, Kingston.

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