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December 17. 2013 8:07PM

Second snowstorm in a week hits state

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire should see a couple of sunny days following Tuesday’s snowstorm, which dumped several inches of snow in much of the state.

But the weekend forecast could mean a return to slick roads and difficult driving, as freezing rain is predicted for much of the state Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday’s storm dropped “a quick 3 to 6 inches” over southeastern New Hampshire, said National Weather Service Meteorologist John Cannon. The western portion of the state was hit with as much as 8 inches of snow, according to the NWS website.

The storm followed a morning in which temperatures were below zero in much of the state and stayed below 20 degrees. Today and Thursday, though, should have sunny skies with temperatures climbing into the 30s and low 40s, according to NWS forecasts.

“The forecast for the rest of the week is pretty good news,” he said.

But on Friday and through the weekend, the state could be hit with freezing rain, he said.

“We’re monitoring that pretty closely,” Cannon said.

The snowstorms of Tuesday and last weekend were welcomed by the state’s skiing industry, which also benefitted from optimal snowmaking conditions through the fall, said Karl Stone, marketing director for Ski New Hampshire.

“We’re definitely very happy,” he said. “At this point, getting natural snowfalls is really exciting.”

Stone said the big storms helps create enthusiasm among skiers, who don’t have to wonder if the mountains will have good packed powder.

“Hopefully these storms are getting people excited,” he said.

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