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March 8, 2013

Storm snarls commute in N.H.

Another winter storm rocked the morning commute in Southern New Hampshire today.

Mike Kistner of the National Weather Service said Rockingham County was hit hard, with 9 inches reported in Derry by 6 a.m. and the possibility of a foot by noon.

“It was definitely worse than we expected it to be,” Kistner said.

Schools across the area were closed for the day.

Bill Boynton of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation said the speed limit on Interstate 93 was expected to be reduced to 45 mph until at least noon.

“It’s been a difficult morning commute,” Boynton said. “Visibility has been very limited.”

Boynton said there was several accidents in the area, including an overturned tractor-trailer on the Exit 2 on-ramp of I-93 in Salem.

In Salem, police responded to several accidents, including an incident at an Industrial Way business park where a vehicle struck a propane tank, causing a minor leak, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten. The leak was quickly brought under control.

The incident was reported about 8:30 a.m. and the building evacuated. No one was injured.

A vehicle slid into a pole on Pelham Road, prompting police to close the road from the Brookdale Road intersection to Commercial Drive, Patten said.

In Londonderry, more than 1,500 customers were without power. Details weren’t immediately on the cause of the outage.

The storm was causing few problems for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Most flights were on time and, by 10 a.m., only two flights to the New York area were canceled.

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