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December 10, 2013

Winter wallop leaves roads a mess

Wintry mix makes a mess of roadways

It wasn’t even a major storm, but the combination of snow, sleet and rain yesterday sent many cars off icy roads.

Numerous weather-related accidents were reported throughout Southern New Hampshire, making driving miserable for some commuters. Flights were delayed at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston as the region was hit with a messy, wintry mix.

While the precipitation may have tapered off late yesterday afternoon, the winter weather returns today.

There was a chance of more snow last night through this afternoon, and frigid temperatures are expected toward the end of the week.

That’s when possibly even more snow is expected to fall, with a storm possible Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Hawley in Gray, Maine. A winter weather advisory was in effect until midnight yesterday.

Yesterday, local police were busy helping motorists who slid off the road. Several accidents, most in Londonderry and Derry, were reported by late morning after the falling snow turned to sleet about 8:30 a.m.

The sleet turned to snow at 10 a.m. before changing to all rain at approximately noon. The pouring rain became a drizzle after 1 p.m.

“It’s been steady,” Londonderry police Lt. Timothy Jones said. “(Officers) will clear from one accident and then will quickly be at another. We had nothing serious, thank goodness.”

Plaistow police reported a vehicle hit a utility pole near the corner of East Road and Sunrise Terrace during the early morning commute. No one was injured.

Kingston police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said vehicles were sliding off the road into trees in his town, but no one was hurt. Two of the three accidents were on North Road, he said.

Public works crews were focused on dealing with the 2 inches of snow that was quickly turning into slush by midafternoon. Derry public works director Michael Fowler said he wanted the roads to be clear before everything to ice when temperatures dropped last night.

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