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Seacoast Gets Heavy Snow And Winds, But Spared Flooding

Dan Gorenstein

  The New Hampshire Seacoast has accumulated about a foot of snow since yesterday morning, and heavy winds have created snow drifts between houses and roads. 

Plow operator Jim Russo is gripping his first coffee of the morning, and has a weary look about him.  He’s been clearing driveways and parking lots since 5 p.m. last night.  

When we get more than a foot of snow such as this… about every 5 inches of snow I go and make a pass through everybody, and so it’s been quite a storm, I’m doing everyone three times this time.

Heavy winds blew through the night, reaching 30, maybe even 40 miles an hour, and Russo says that made visibility difficult.  

As Russo's plow passes by, Portsmouth resident Penny Allen maneuvers through deep snow between the apartment she lives in and the sidewalk. She says a storm like this brings her back in time:

I miss the days when my kids and my grandkids were around, and I wish my body could do the stuff I used to do…

Allen says she loves being outside in a snowstorm, even if it is close to 0 degrees outside.   

Along the coast, high tides were expected to bring coastal flooding along Route 1A. But water hasn’t breached the roads yet.