EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 22, 2014

More snow comes to New Hampshire

Seasonal total well above last year

By Alex Lippa
alippa@eagletribune.com

---- — New Hampshire was hit with yet another snow storm yesterday, as seasonal totals remained above last year.

Ryan Breton of Atkinsonweather.com expected 1 to 4 inches of snow throughout the duration of the storm. The storm was expected to start around 5 p.m. yesterday and stop around 7 this morning.

“We are going to miss the worst of it,” Breton said. “That will be in the South Shore and Cape Cod. But it will still be significant.”

Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the most significant snow likely will end up in the east.

“As you get west and north the accumulation will start to tail off,” he said.

While Southern New England was under blizzard warnings yesterday, the National Weather Service only issued a winter storm warning for Southern New Hampshire yesterday. But Hawley said blizzard conditions could develop.

“It’s certainly possible,” Hawley said. “There will be quite a bit of blowing and it will be a drifting storm. We could see blizzard-like conditions.”

In order for it to be declared a blizzard, visibility has to be less than a quarter-mile for three hours. Breton said wind gusts more than 35 mph could cause white-out conditions. Hawley said the most intense conditions were likely to occur between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Southern New Hampshire had already seen 43 inches of snow before this storm. At this point last year, the total was at 19 inches.

“It really varies from year to year,” Breton said. “Last year, it was a late year and we really got hit hard in December.”

Last year’s total ended up being 80 inches.

At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, spokesman Thomas Malafronte said flights were delayed because of the impact of the blizzard elsewhere.

“There’s been a number of cancellations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.,” Malafronte said. “Those impact connecting flights which are coming here. We expect that to continue into (this morning.)

But Malafronte doesn’t expect the snow to be much of a problem at his airport.

“It’s a cold, dry snow,” he said. “It should get cleaned up quickly. It’s just really how quickly those airports down line can get back running.”

Bill Boynton, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, said the timing of the storm was not ideal for them.

“Our workers have just worked a regular full day,” Boynton said. “We’ve had to work a lot of weekends, a lot of nights. That’s a big hit to our overtime budget.”

Boynton said there wasn’t much that his crews could do ahead of the storm.

“There’s a water mix that we use, but we can’t if it’s real cold,” he said. “With salt, it has to interact with the snow. You can’t put it down ahead of time. It would get run off the road.”

Breton said temperatures were expected to remain cold through the storm and throughout the week.

“It will probably be in the teens through Friday,” he said. “By Saturday, it will get back up to 30 degrees.”