EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 8, 2012

N.H. escapes brunt of nor'easter

First storm doesn't amount to much

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Other than some slippery roads and a few scattered power outages, the nor’easter that blew in late Wednesday and kept Southern New Hampshire under dark skies yesterday didn’t live up to its billing here.

Rick Russell, Salem’s director of public works, said his department was prepared, but there wasn’t much to respond to.

“We were ready for it. The guys had to come in around 1 a.m. We ran a little salt around, but didn’t need to plow,” he said yesterday. “There was not a single call, not a single thing.”

But New Hampshire was prepared.

Less than a dozen New Hampshire Electric Co-op customers in Sandown went dark yesterday afternoon. There were similar, small outages throughout the area over the course of 24 hours.

Utilities Wednesday announced they were prepared for widespread outages and some pulled back crews working to restore power in New York and New Jersey in anticipation of power losses here.

Highway signs Wednesday night along Interstate 93 warned motorists of the storm.

As is common with early-season storms, the mixed precipitation caught some drivers off guard, leading to some minor accidents and spinouts.

School buses lumbered along their routes as scheduled yesterday morning in this area.

Hampstead had 2 inches of snow on the ground early yesterday, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

But what snow did stick soon washed away during the day after the precipitation switched over to all rain.

Police throughout Southern New Hampshire said other than slippery roads, there were no major problems.

Despite snow, sleet, rain and heavy gusts throughout the day, there were no serious accidents, they said.

Driving was tricky at times.

“We had a few cars off the road,” Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said. “It was the first storm of the season, so we always get a few.”

Only a week after Sandy knocked out power for thousands of area residents, police were glad this latest storm was nothing to worry about.

“We had nothing,” Newton police Sgt. Michael Jewett said.

“We were very fortunate.”

Things will improve starting today, which is expected to be sunny and in the upper 40s.

It will get warmer as the days progress, hitting the mid-60s by Monday, according to the National Weather Service.