Spring roads make the going tough
Ice-covered roadways, sidewalks and trees greeted Granite Staters on Monday, but milder temperatures are coming. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER)
Roads around the state have annual weight limits posted, and as frost heaves melt, mud will be making things messy. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER)
Tiny beads of ice fell across southern New Hampshire on Monday morning, creating a "nightmare" for road crews, said Bruce Berry, director of Public Works for the town of Amherst.
Spring weather is always challenging for road crews. For the past month, frost heaves and pot holes have waged war against drivers, and the temperatures are just now starting to thaw enough that the roads are more manageable. But then the mercury takes another plunge.
The frost heaves may be on their way out, said Hopkinton Highway Department Director John Thayer, but mud is coming fast on its heels.
Otherwise, there's not much that can be done to prevent dirt roads from turning into soupy messes when the weathers warms.
Thayer said that people who know the roads well should avoid those places that usually get mucky if possible so moisture can leach out of the dirt.
Meteorologist Steve Capriola of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine said spring is making its way, slowly to New Hampshire, but "it's taking its time."
For mud lovers, there's also some precipitation in the forecast for Friday into Saturday, with rain likely in southern parts of the state, and a wintry mix possible up north, but Capriola said it's too soon to pin down exactly what will fall and where.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel," he said.
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