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January 7, 2014

Inclement weather sends cars off N.H. roads

Rain, then cold sends cars sliding

Just when the weather started to finally warm up, the region was hit with another deep freeze.

Only a few days after Southern New Hampshire saw below-zero temperatures and nearly a foot of snow, another round of unpredictable weather sent cars off local roads yesterday.

A combination of freezing rain, melting snow and heavy fog contributed to numerous accidents, according to state and local police.

In Londonderry, a collision between a tractor-trailer and a Ford Saturn shortly after 10:30 a.m. sent two women to the hospital with serious injuries.

“We had quite a few accidents early this morning,” New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Wagner said. “Visibility was close to zero. You really couldn’t see beyond the front of your car.”

Message boards along Interstate 93 warned drivers to slow down because of the fog and poor driving conditions.

“We really urge people to change the way they drive in this weather,” Wagner said. “If you don’t slow down, you are taking a risk.”

One of the accidents included a state police cruiser that was hit after stopping because of a rollover on I-93 in Bow. A tractor-trailer crash closed part of Interstate 89, and police in Londonderry and Salem each reported seven accidents before mid-morning.

There were several accidents in Derry as well, including one involving a tow truck and a car on an icy Warner Hill Road, police Capt. Vern Thomas said. There were no serious injuries

Only hours after temperatures reached nearly 50 degrees by afternoon, an Arctic-like blast sent them plummeting by early evening — causing even more icing.

The region will continue to remain locked in an icy grip through Thursday, with high temperatures today about 17 degrees and about 18 degrees tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

It’s the same cold-air mass that saw record-low temperatures being set in western and midwestern states over the weekend, meteorologist James Brown said.

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