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Snow gives way to rain, bringing flood threats
Shawn Diaz, left, and John Munoz, both from Manchester, jog on River Road in Manchester on Friday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader
Phyllis Sylvester shovels her driveway in Manchester Friday afternoon after snow fell earlier in the day. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The inch of snow that caused dozens of accidents and spinouts will be washed away by 1 to 2 inches of rain expected Saturday and Sunday.
Ice jam flooding on local rivers is the biggest concern.
Curtis said some of the rivers of greatest concern were the Saco River in Conway, the Contoocook River in Henniker, the Sugar River in Claremont, and the northern portion of the Connecticut River in the area of North Stratford and Lancaster.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s Monday and Tuesday. Curtis said there is no bitter cold in the forecast for at least the next week or so.
Accidents on Interstate 93 southbound in Londonderry caused traffic to back up into Manchester for miles while delays were also seen on the Everett Turnpike southbound in Nashua after a three-car accident.
He said there were problems on all major highways, especially I-93 where a tractor-trailer jack-knifed, the Everett Turnpike and I-293.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the accidents.
The problem, Hunt said, is that drivers didn't slow down. They often tell police that they weren't driving fast, but, Hunt said, "The thing they have to understand is yes, they probably were doing the speed limit or just below, but they were going too fast for the conditions," he said.
Another rollover was reported on I-95 in North Hampton just north of the tolls and yet another farther north in Portsmouth.
Bill Boynton, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the steady light snow in many areas combined with lingering cold temperatures to create slippery conditions.
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