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January 15, 2008

Latest storm brings state closer to snow record

We could be on our way to a record snowfall for the season with yesterday's winter whiteout.



The nor'easter blanketed much of Southern New Hampshire with about 9 inches of snow and made for rough travel on area roads with numerous vehicles driving off Interstate 93. No major injuries were reported.



By late in the day, the storm tapered off to flurries.



Before yesterday, the total snowfall for Concord - the state's only location with long-term weather records - was 54 inches or 28 inches above normal, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.



Factor in the additional amount that fell yesterday, and the state's 66-inch snowfall for 2007-2008 is halfway to surpassing the all-time record of 122 inches that fell in 1873-1874, said meteorologist Jim Mansfield.



Those were snowy years with four consecutive seasons with 100 inches or more between 1872 and 1876.



The state has received 100 inches or more on nine occasions since 1872. The state records go back to the post-Civil War years of 1868-1869.



Recent years with the largest snowfall amounts were 1995-1996 with 112.4 inches and 1971-1972 with 100 inches, Mansfield said.



Yesterday, the heaviest snow fell in the morning. Schools throughout the region canceled classes and all legislative events were called off for the day.



Eagle-Tribune weather watcher Bob Hurler reported 9 inches in Windham as of 2 p.m., and John O'Loughlin reported 8 inches in Pelham.



Shortly before noon, Lucie Gaumont and her husband had just finished shopping at Windham Shaw's.



Lucie drives a school bus, but with classes canceled because of the weather, she was in a winter state of mind, imagining the scenery from a mountain resort.



"I'm thinking we ought to be up in North Conway sitting by a fire and drinking hot chocolate," she said, rubbing her hands. "Guess I'm dreaming."



Nearby, a blue pickup truck with a plow rumbled across the parking lot, pushing the light, fluffy snow into piles.



The driver, Greg Ouellette, started work at 6 a.m. and didn't expect to finish plowing until after 2 a.m.



Reminded that it had been two weeks since the most recent major snowfall, Ouellette said he is still ready for spring.



"We could use a break," he said.



Yesterday's storm led to several morning cancellations and delays at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. That's because of overnight cancellations and delays at airports south of the region, said Brian O'Neill, deputy airport director.







O'Neill expected few, if any, problems after 1 p.m. yesterday.



Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is tracking a potential storm for later in the week though early indications point to a mixed bag with snow, sleet and rain for Southern New Hampshire.

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