Winter Storm Update: Stalled Storm Means More Snow, More Sales For Some N.H. Businesses
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A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight. New Hampshire can expect total snow accumulation of 10 to 15 inches for southern sections, 6 to 10 inches for the Merrimack Valley and central New Hampshire, with lesser amounts in the North Country.
Tomorrow, we'll see morning clouds, with partly sunny skies later in the day. It will be clear and cold on Wednesday, with more snow possible for Thursday.
4:45 p.m. - Some Businesses Seeing Snow-Related Uptick
by Sheryl Rich-Kern
This week’s steady pounding of snow prevents some consumers from patronizing shops and restaurants. But for those running an outdoor equipment shop, business can’t get any better.
Whether or not the current snowfall tops any records, many in the Nashua region can’t remember a barrage like this one. The slow but steady storm that began Sunday is dumping another foot of snow.
At Nashua Outdoor Power Equipment, business has been very brisk. Fred Hayden has been selling and repairing snowblowers since 1991.
"We’re a little overwhelmed. We haven’t see snow like this – ever - in the history of our business. We’ve done as much volume in ten days as we do in one-third of the year. We’ve been here Sundays. We’ve been out here until eleven at night doing road calls."
Hayden says the light, fluffy snow freezes up carburetors, recoils, and starters on tractors. He recommends using high-octane gasoline that’s less than ninety days old — and adding a fuel stabilizer.
Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says it’s been a grueling last two weeks, and this latest prolonged storm is testing the endurance of crews working to clear the roads.
“We’ve got some crews that have not been home since late Saturday night around midnight,” he said. “They’re taking breaks along the way, but there really haven’t been too many lulls that have allowed them to take extensive periods off. So the work continues and will throughout most of the day.”
Even though there are close to 700 trucks out, Boynton says drivers should expect snow-covered roads through most of the day.
National Weather Service radar from Portland, Maine shows the stalled front, which is expected to cause prolonged snowfall across New Hampshire well into Monday night.
Officials in Nashua are urging people and business owners to clear snow off their roofs, after a roof partially collapsed at a vacant commercial building Sunday night.
The city’s emergency management director Justin Kates says no one was hurt in the incident.
“But it really does show some of the concerns we’re looking at over the next couple of days as these constantly increasing snow packs on roofs continue to build up,” he said. “If people don’t take care of that by sending crews up or using a roof rake, we could be seeing some catastrophic consequences with roofs collapse.”
This comes just after heavy snow caused the roof an apartment building in the city to partially collapse last week, displacing two dozen residents.
Kates says the city has cleared snow off of several public buildings.
He says the city continues to work to clear snow that has fallen over several major winter storms over the past few weeks.
6:56 a.m., Monday
A prolonged winter storm is bearing down on the Granite State.
Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the storm that began Saturday night is expected to continue through tonight.
“Most of the state has picked up, at least south of the Lakes Region, around 1-3 inches of snow," he said. "We’ll probably pick up 2-4 inches today into tonight.”
A winter storm warning remains in effect for almost the entire state except for northern Coos county through midnight tonight.
Carolan says total accumulation for the southern part of the state will be tween 8 to 14 inches.
Only a few inches are expected north of the Lakes Regions into the White Mountains.
Speed limits on the state’s major highways have been lowered 45 miles per hour.
A stalled front will continue to produce sustained snowfall across New Hampshire through Monday night. According to the National Weather service, waves of low pressure will allow for period of snow across the region.
While the snow at any given time will not be particularly intense, it will add up over the course of the storm, with some areas seeing well over a foot. The heaviest snowfall is expected across southern parts of the state.
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