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March 20, 2013

Late-season storm blankets NH

Late-season storm dumps nearly a foot of snow

Last year at this time, Josh Hoefle, 21, of Derry was wearing a T-shirt and shorts as he enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day in the 80-degree heat. But this year, Mother Nature had different plans.

“I’m ready for it to be spring,” Hoefle said yesterday. “I just want to be able to ride my motorcycle again.”

While the calendar says spring officially starts today, winter left with a bang yesterday as nearly a foot of snow was dumped on Southern New Hampshire.

The storm began late Monday and intensified between 2 and 7 a.m. yesterday, but police reported few problems with the morning commute.

“It was shockingly calm,” New Hampshire State Police Lt. Chris Wagner said. “The roads were in fairly good shape and there wasn’t a high volume of cars on the road.”

Wagner and local police said there were no major weather-related incidents. Several cars slid off roads, but there were fewer calls for assistance compared to past storms, Wagner said.

“This storm was forecasted and we did a good job at relaying the message for people to stay off the roads unless they absolutely needed to,” he said.

Many people took Wagner’s advice and stayed close to home. Mary Ann’s Diner in Derry was packed with people looking to get out of the house and away from the snow.

“I thought after last week when it was warm, we were done with this snow,” said James Mullen, 52, of Derry. “I’m done with all the snow.”

After an afternoon lull, the snow started to pick up about 3 p.m.

Ryan Breton of Atkinsonweather.com reported that Londonderry received 9 inches and Sandown had 8 inches as of 4 p.m.

Yesterday’s storm was in stark contrast to the weather a year ago, when temperatures rose above 80 degrees. Breton said the high temperature yesterday was 32 degrees, well below the average of 45 degrees for the day.

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