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December 15. 2013 1:07PM

Seacoast digs out from more than a foot of snow


Ed Demars clears snow in the parking lot of Robbins Auto Parts in Exeter Sunday morning. (Jason Schreiber)


Waves crash against the seawall on Route 1A in Hampton during this weekend's nor'easter. Splashover left some areas littered with seaweed. (Jason Schreiber)

An early season nor'easter dropped a foot or more of snow on many parts of New Hampshire.

"We've seen a lot of 10 to 12 inches," said Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The first significant storm of the season arrived Saturday evening and continued into Sunday.

While the storm moved out of central and southern New Hampshire by Sunday morning, snow continued into the afternoon in northern areas.

Exeter picked up the most snow in the southern part of the state with 13.5 inches, followed by Hampstead with 13. Hampton received 9 inches while Seabrook saw just over 8 inches

Farther north, Center Sandwich and Newbury received about 13 inches.

The storm also churned up some rough seas along the coast, where 20-foot waves combined with a nearly two-foot storm surge to send water crashing over the seawall along Route 1A in Hampton.

Parts of the road were flooded and littered with seaweed from splashover, but remained passable by motorists.

Rick Maio stood near the wall to catch some pictures of the angry seas on his phone. This was the first nor'easter he's experienced since moving to the beach this year.

"It's wild," he said.

The winds were strongest on the coast. Maio said the winds began picking up early Saturday evening.

"It was howling all night long," he said.

The snow was dry and fluffy inland, but it switched over to rain along the coast, making for a wetter and heavier snow.

Hampton Beach resident Brett Navarro tried to clear his driveway with his snowblower, but it was tough going. He stopped several times to clean out the snow that clogged up the machine.

"I'd rather have a foot of fluffy snow than this," he said.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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