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New Hampshire could get up to a foot of snow from Wednesday's storm, according to the National Weather Service forecast. 

A winter storm watch is in effect from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

The seacoast and southern Rockingham County is expected to get less snow, but the forecast still calls for 6- to 8- inches. The snow could switch to a mix of sleet and rain in the Seacoast region in the late afternoon.

Snowfall is expected to be heaviest in late afternoon and during the evening commute, with up to 2 inches falling an hour.

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New England utility markets are still processing Thursday’s rejection of the Northern Pass project application at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

Eversource’s 192-mile transmission line proposal had just been picked by Massachusetts for a big contract to bring Canadian hydropower to New England.

Now that the project has stalled, Massachusetts says only that it's re-evaluating. Its other options include other big, hydro-fueled transmission lines.

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President Donald Trump delivers his first State Of The Union address Tuesday night, which NHPR will air live.

Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation have announced their respective guests. 

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he supports a bill that would increase the state's minimum age for marriage to 16 years old.

 

In a letter to lawmakers Wednesday, Sununu described the marriage of a 13-year-old girl as "unconscionable." That's the minimum age for girls to marry in the state; for boys, it's 14, though both require parental consent and approval of a judge.

 

The Republican-led House rejected a bill last year that would have raised the minimum age to 18. Lawmakers are now considering a bill to raise the minimum age to 16 for both genders. 

 

Ice accumulating on tree limbs and utility wires from today's rain and sleet has caused a few thousand power outages in New Hampshire.

As of Tuesday at 6 p.m., there are almost 10,000 customers without electricity.

Local and state plow crews continue to treat and monitor roads for slick travel conditions.

Line crews are tackling some of the toughest trouble-spots as night fell. The estimated outages, by utility (click the links to see the respective outages by town/utility):

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The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for New Hampshire, as well as a flood watch for late Monday and into Tuesday.

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The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to strengthen rules to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

 

The bill mandates lead testing for all New Hampshire kids aged 1 and 2, though parents can opt out. It also lowers the blood lead level where the state will intervene, and creates a loan fund to help landlords deal with lead paint issues. 

 

Starting this week, NHPR's newsroom kicks off The Balance, a series of stories looking at the cost of living in New Hampshire, and the benefits and tradeoffs of settling down in the Granite State. 

The first stories in the series will take us on board a fishing boat in Rye, into small businesses in downtown Littleton, and onto the work site of a massive new housing development in Londonderry.

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The winter storm that began overnight will result in 3- to 6- inches of snow accumulation for most of New Hampshire before leaving the region by early evening.

Gov. Chris Sununu says the state Emergency Operations Center opened at 6 a.m. to monitor the impact on this morning's commute. Major highways are posted 45 mph top speed.

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  There are several New Hampshire events today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

People will gather at a service in Nashua, a candlelight vigil at Dartmouth College, and a couple of traditional events to recognize civil rights and human rights.

Gov. Chris Sununu is scheduled to attend the Seacoast NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the South Church in Portsmouth.

A flood watch is in effect for a large part of New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, as the forecast calls for possible heavy rain at times, with precipitation turning to sleet and a wintry mix.

The National Weather Service has issued a slew of warnings and advisories for the Granite State. Some regions have multiple advisories. Concord, for example, has the following:

Mount Washington Observatory

The Mount Washington Observatory reported early Saturday that the summit tied for second-coldest place on earth, at a brisk -36 degrees Fahrenheit.

It was just 2 degrees from the coldest locations, Yakutsk, Russia, and Eureka, Nunavut, which recorded -38, according to the weather observer.

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is "home of the world's worst weather," as it is celebrated by the observatory, a non-profit organization.

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FRIDAY update: Bitter cold will grip New Hampshire today as the state digs out and cleans up from the major winter storm Thursday.

Bookmark this blog for continuing weather updates, and scroll down for NHPR's reports from around New Hampshire.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for much of the state from Friday at 9 a.m. to Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Very cold temperatures will stick around in New Hampshire through New Year's Day. The National Weather Service forecast calls for single-digits and sunshine during the day over the weekend.

The extreme cold led to some dramatic winter scenes across the state, and at the seacoast, where the cold temperature over the Atlantic Ocean created "sea smoke," or frost smoke, as the photos above show.

Below-zero temps are expected for New Year's Eve. Here are a few anticipated temperatures Sunday evening:

First Night activities run the gamut in New Hampshire, from ski slope-side fireworks to major New Year's Eve celebrations, such as First Night Portsmouth.

Here's a list of some events and big ideas for your First Night, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day:

People in New Hampshire and surrounding states spotted a suspected meteor streaking across the sky Tuesday night.

The American Meteor Society has received more than 200 reports of the suspected meteor, with sightings from western Connecticut to Bangor, Maine. People report seeing a streak of light blaze up the sky around 6pm Tuesday, some for as long as seven-seconds.

Images captured in Portsmouth shows a brilliant white tail of light-- a suspected interplanetary chunk of debris-- zipping over the Piscataqua.

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Temperatures will drop to single digits for the rest of this week, so break out the long underwear, the wool sweaters, and those down jackets.

"Or your flannel-lined jeans."

That's what one DOT worker told the press last year when asked for his secret on bearing the extreme cold while required to work outside.

(The National Weather Service has issued a winter chill advisory for northern New Hampshire.)

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MONDAY Night update: The forecast calls for high wind gusts and drifting snow Monday evening, with a cold front sweeping over New Hampshire for the coming days.

The National Weather Service has a hazardous weather outlook for the region. A combination of strong winds and cold will mean a chance of dangerous wind chill values through the end of the week, the Weather Service says.

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A state lawmaker from Concord pled guilty Friday to assaulting a political opponent.

Rep. Katherine Rogers, a Democrat, accepted a plea deal on a misdemeanor assault charge. The deal suspends a $1,000 fine pending good behavior, but Rogers must take an anger management class.

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NHPR News covered hundreds of stories in 2017. They ranged from the sublime (see Todd Bookman's story about an amateur synchronized swimming team in Hancock), to the tragic - such as Jack Rodolico's Heroin Diaries, in which a wife of an overdose victim discovers his videos chronicling his struggle.

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Lawmakers studying marijuana legalization meet again today and this time they will hear from the former state administrator of pot policy in Colorado.

 

Andrew Freedman is now a consultant on marijuana regulation. He served three years as Colorado's first director of marijuana coordination.

 

State Rep. Patrick Abrami, chairman of the New Hampshire commission studying legalization, says Freedman is scheduled to speak via video conference call.

 

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A new Civil Rights Unit in the New Hampshire Department of Justice shines a spotlight on the need for greater diversity and inclusion. Gov. Chris Sununu's announcement this week follows months of news reports about racial incidents, from Claremont to Durham and the University of New Hampshire.

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  New Hampshire authorities announced an arrest Wednesday night in the homicide death of a 2-year-old Manchester boy.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said that Mark Heath of Manchester was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Jacob Pelletier.

Heath, 32, with a given address of 51 Howe St., second floor, allegedly caused the boy's death "by inflicting blunt force trauma to his abdomen," according to the charges cited by the AG.

Update, 2:30 p.m. - A small number of power outages have resulted from the storm. Eversource reports about 266 customers without electricity, as of 2 p.m. 

1  p.m. -- Snow continues to fall in much of the state, though the storm has turned to sleet and rain in the south-eastern part of New Hampshire. The weather  has resulted in numerous school closings and delays - as well as accidents.

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  The Safe Station program launched by the Manchester Fire Department to help combat opioid addiction has inspired a similar program in Providence, R.I.

The Associated Press reports that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced a plan Monday to open 12 stations at fire houses around his city.

  The University of New Hampshire Wildcats Football playoff run ended Saturday in South Dakota.

South Dakota State University defeated UNH 56-14 in the NCAA Division 1 FCS Playoffs. 

UNH found itself in a hole from the beginning. South Dakota State scored 21 points in the first quarter, and 28 unanswered points in the first half.

The Wildcats finish 9-5 on the season. South Dakota State moves on to face James Madison on Dec. 16.

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Lawyers for a New Hampshire city sued by a performance artist and perennial candidate in the state's presidential primary believe a settlement is imminent on a request by the artist for a permit to bring two ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing.

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(AP) The Maine Department of Transportation is frustrated over delays in a bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

The new Sarah Long Bridge, which is being built at a cost of $170 million, was supposed to open Sept. 1, but there's still no opening date.

 

Ron Taylor from Maine DOT says it's been a very long and challenging process.

 

Maine-based contractor Cianbro is being fined $1,000 for every day it's late. Officials now hope to open for traffic by January.

 

  The University of New Hampshire Wildcats upset the Central Arkansas Bears in the second round of the FCS football playoffs Saturday.

They move on to face South Dakota State University in the quarter finals on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

A close game throughout, UNH dominated on defense and emerged with a 21-15 victory. The Wildcats recovered two fumbles and pulled down two interceptions.

South Dakota State University is the No. 5 seed.

Saturday's win was the 150th career victory for UNH head coach Sean McDonnell. UNH is now 9-4 on the season.

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  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Here are the latest headlines on this breaking news:

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