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Southern N.H. Takes Brunt Of Winter Storm

NHPR / Michael Brindley

  A winter storm warning is in effect statewide.  Meteorologist Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua says the area south of the Lakes Region will see the heaviest accumulations, ranging from seven to twelve inches.  And he says southern New Hampshire will bear the brunt of the storm.
"We could see snowfall rates across the southern third of the state approach one, one and a half inches an hour through the midmorning hours as this storm system develops," he says.  "The snow, though, from the Lakes Region northward is going to be lighter.  They're further away from the track of the storm, and we're expecting snowfall rates generally across the northern third of the state to be under half an inch an hour."
Carolan says anyone traveling south of the Lakes Region this morning will have a difficult commute. I-93 South, I-95, Spaulding Turnpike and Everett Turnpike will all see tough travel conditions.  And Route 101 will be treacherous from Keene to the Seacoast. He expects the storm to peak between now and noon.  
Governor Maggie Hassan has allowed state agencies to give leave to workers who can't make it safely into work.  She also rescheduled her State of the State speech, which she was due to give today.  And the  in Durham has canceled classes for the day.