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March storm brings accumulation mystery, maybe misery

Like it or not, it’s going to snow again on Wednesday.

And forecasters say depending on how much it warms up, the southern tier of the state could see as little as 1-3 inches or a half-foot — or more. The northern half of the state is more likely to hit the snow jackpot, with up to a foot.

“I’m telling people we’ll be done with the snow in July,” National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis said.

The National Weather Service’s station in Concord has recorded 70.5 inches of snow so far. That’s 19.1 inches above winter’s normal, Curtis said.

The Nor’easter will start Wednesday morning, continue through the night and into Thursday morning, she said. On Wednesday afternoon, the snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain in southern parts of the state, particularly the Route 101 area, so the commute may be difficult, Curtis said.

The Seacoast will likely be spared the brunt of the storm, she said. Inland areas will likely see “significantly larger totals.” Weather forecasters are getting lots of complaints, she said.

“We’re all tired of it, but March is normally a stormy month, so this storm is not unusual,” she said. “We have had about 20 inches more than usual in New Hampshire, though, so it is getting to be a lot of snow.”

Those in charge of cleaning up the snow say their budgets are being pushed by the overabundance of white stuff.

“If it continues like this, we might have to talk about our budget, but right now we’re okay,” said Gilford Public Works Director Sheldon Morgan, who said his crews have been “shelfing” or cutting back snow banks along roads in the past week, preparing for more snow.

“This has been a winter like we used to have in the 1970s and 80s,” Morgan said.

“We are incredibly happy, the more the better,” said Greg Kwasnik, communications director at Loon Mountain ski area in Lincoln.

“March is typically one of our better months, so we have been hopeful the storms would keep coming, Kwasnik said. “It’s been a great year for snow.”

dseufert@newstote.com


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