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March 19, 2013

Cars slide off Southern NH roads

Another winter storm hit Southern New Hampshire this morning, but it caused few major problems for commuters.

Seven inches of snow had fallen in Atkinson as of 9:30 a.m., with up to a foot possible by day's end.

“The heavy snow is done,” said Ryan Breton of Atkinsonweather.com. “The rest of the day we may see light and fluffy snow.”

Local police said they saw no major accidents, partly because there were few people on the road.

Those who did need to travel appeared to be taking precautions, they said. Southern New Hampshire schools are closed for the day.

"It's been pretty quiet," Londonderry police Lt. Timothy Jones said.

Jones said he saw only one car off the road.

Windham police Sgt. Daniel Clark said a few cars slid of the road in his town, but there were no injuries or damage.

But in Derry, there were at least a dozen vehicles off the road, police Capt. Vern Thomas. No one was injured, he said. Salem, Kingston, Atkinson and Hampstead police also said they did not have many problems.

Lt. Chris Wagner of New Hampshire State Police said the few commuters on the highway were adhering to the 45 mph speed limit for Interstate 93. “Calls for service are typically much lower than what we are used to,” Wagner said.Breton said there would be a lull in the storm late this morning before it picks up again before the evening commute.

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