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January 2, 2014

Southern NH road crews keeping up with snow

DERRY — Few troubles so far from the storm in Southern New Hampshire.

Schools are canceled throughout the region and traffic is light on the roadways.

"So far so good. Not intense snowfall, but slow and steady and expected to last well over 24 hours," said New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman William Boynton. "We are out there scraping and treating the roads."

DOT posted an advisory speed limit of 45 mph for highways.

"The lower temperatures may limit the effectiveness of some of our anti-icing chemicals, including salt, which is not effective below 10 degrees," Boynton said. "Seeing black pavement may be deceptive for motorists and slippery spots are likely with vehicles packing down the snow that's falling. It's still important to keep speeds down."

Salem public works director Rick Russell said crews had been out since 2:30 a.m.

"Not bad," is how he characterized road conditions.

"We've got a couple of inches. All the roads have been salted," Russell said. "The guys were out early."

Russell was watching weather radar and expected the area could see a lull during the next few hours.

Depending on the storm track, Russell said, Salem could see lower snow totals than forecast.

Predictions called for 6 inches or more of snow.

Most flights are still operating at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, but cancellations have started.

"We are currently experiencing some cancellations and delays as a result of the first wave of the storm. As the day progresses and the intensity of the storm increases, there will be additional impacts," spokesman Thomas Malafronte said.

Travelers need to monitor flights, Malafronte said.

"Anyone that is planning to travel today or tomorrow should contact their airline directly to check their flight status and to inquire about the waiver of any potential change fees," he said.

Crews are actively removing snow and will continue to do so through the storm, so the airport can return to normal operations as soon as possible, Malafronte said.

Boston's Logan Airport is closing at 8 tonight and reopening at noon tomorrow.

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