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Merrimack Valley

March 8, 2013

SNOWPRISE! Area whacked with almost a foot of snow overnight


“Some people don’t slow down, and keep driving as usual,” he said. “It’s not a normal day. You’ve got to take precautions.” None of the crashes resulted in serious injuries.

Some drivers in North Andover found themselves stuck in the slush, as wet snow fell in the area and temperatures hovered near freezing.

The storm dropped between 8 and 10 inches in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Haverhill leads with 10 inches, Atkinson, N.H. has 9.5 inches on the ground and counting, while North Andover was dealing with at least 8 inches as of 9 a.m. this morning.

Even more snow is accumulating to the south of the Valley.

Most schools in the area were closed today. No widespread power outages were reported in the area.

The surprise snow caught many off-guard including the North Andover and state plow guys. Usually when a storm hits, the traffic lights at the intersection of Route 114 and Waverly Road are set to blinking yellow, to make it easier for those driving up the steep Route 114 to get through the intersection.

But this morning, the lights were on a normal cycle, and when they turned red, the cars coming up Route 114 were getting stuck, some were sliding backward, and everyone was fighting to get through the 8 inches of snow that had piled up overnight.

Up at Plum Island, where an extreme high tide hit this morning, a home on Annapolis Way collapsed into the sea as the storm waves battled the coast.

Check back on eagletribune.com for updates throughout the day.


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