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Storm expected to take biggest toll in northern part of state

Union Leader Correspondent

March 12. 2014 8:05PM

MEREDITH — Depending on what part of New Hampshire you inhabit, the nor’easter is expected to bring power outages, heavy snow, wind or ice.

Forecasts were calling for as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow in the northern part of the state, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Cempa. The Seacoast? High winds overnight, with 2 to 4 inches.

“The real concern in central New Hampshire is that in that area, most of the snow will be heavy, wet snow, and the wind will be 15-20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour,” Cempa said.

Wednesday afternoon, New Hampshire Electric Co-op crews rushed to repair weather-damaged lines causing outages in Alton, Canaan, Conway, Gilford, Hanover, Sandwich and Thornton, according to co-op spokesman Seth Wheeler.

At 4:47 p.m., Public Service of New Hampshire reported its first outages from the storm in Conway, Eaton, Haverhill and Piermont.

Cempa said towns from Concord to the lower White Mountains were expected to see a change from snow to rain and ice. The area was forecast to have at least a foot of snow, according to Cempa.

PSNH’s Martin Murray said the utility has 400 line workers available and numerous assets available from its parent and partner companies to the south in case of widespread outages.

“We are prepared statewide, but the potential for outages is particularly high from Concord north to (Franconia) Notch,” Murray said.

Icy conditions are expected today as the storm pulls away and temperatures drop, which could cause a “flash freeze” on roadways and sidewalks, Cempa said.

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