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January 3, 2014

Bone-chilling storm drops more than a foot of snow

Temperatures expected to dip below 0 tonight


New Hampshire State Police acknowledged the travel danger.

“Roads are pretty slick in all areas. It’s slow going,” said Lt. Chris Wagner, commander of Troop B that patrols Interstate 93 in Southern New Hampshire.

Yesterday’s storm was strong enough to force the closure of Lawrence Municipal Airport in North Andover. Airport Manager Michael Miller said he decided to order the airport closed at 4 p.m. because of the anticipated duration of the storm and concerns that the airport might not be suitable for landings and takeoffs last night.

“It’s been just a marathon storm and we have been doing snow removal since 8 this morning,” Miller said.

Miller expected that his three-man plow crew would have the airport ready to reopen by 8 a.m. today.

Flight cancellations had started at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport by mid-morning.

“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 closed last night at 8 and planned to reopen at noon today.

Few people ventured into the cold, but in downtown Derry those who did saw some sunshine in those winter flakes.

“This is just absolutely beautiful,” said Keith Barganier, a Florida resident visiting his son, Brooks.

“I’m a kid from Florida,” Barganier said. “I’m loving it.”

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