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Snow, freezing rain lead to crashes across the state

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
and JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

February 07. 2018 11:06PM
Bill Bowman of Manchester clears his driveway on Bridge Street in Manchester during Wednesday's snowstorm. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)



The most serious of the crashes during Wednesday’s snowstorm shut down eastbound lanes of Route 101 for almost two hours.

“Everything seemed to happen all at once. One led to another and the next thing we knew there were several accidents and multiple vehicles involved,” Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Darin Melanson said.

The worst was an eight-car crash on the eastbound side at the Epping/Brentwood line.

A spate of accidents closed that side of Route 101 from about 12:30 p.m. until 2:20 p.m., first responders said.

The snow and cold temperatures also made walking hazardous. Dispatchers were busy taking reports of people who slipped and fell on ice.

“If people haven’t salted the ice, the snow on top of it made it impossible to even walk on,” Melanson said.

Officials slowed speeds on interstate highways to 45 mph.

“The @NewHampshireDOT is out in force today with over 700 plows, working hard to make sure our roadways are safe and clear,” tweeted Gov. Chris Sununu about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“Be careful, and remember, don’t crowd the plow!”

Three hours later in Kingston, local police said there was a collision between a car and town plow truck on Danville Road. There were no reports of injuries.

In Manchester, a jack-knifed tractor-trailer tied up traffic Wednesday morning on the south side of Interstate 293 near Exit 5. No one was injured.

Accidents were also reported in Greenville, Tilton, Concord, Nashua and Wolfeboro, but officials said none of them resulted in life-threatening injuries.

Initially the rain-snow line was in the southeastern-most part of the state, but it moved northward as the afternoon progressed,

As for snowfall totals, by 6 p.m. the National Weather Service reported the highest amounts were in Plymouth (7.3 inches), Penacook (6.5) Croydon (6.5), Alstead (6), Moultonborough (6), Kingston (5.5), Weare (5.5), Madison (5.5) and Laconia (5).

Forecasters said snow could total up to 11 inches in Concord and towns north and west of the capital city.

Today is expected to be sunny but brisk, with a high of 24 and winds northwest at around 10 mph.

Tonight, temperatures will drop into the single digits for most of the state, with west winds blowing at 5 mph.

A smaller storm is expected to arrive Friday night, when forecasters said there would be a 60 percent chance of snow.

There’s a possibility of both snow and rain showers mixing in southern New Hampshire both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are forecast to rise to the low 40s on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.

klandrigan@unionleader.com; jschreiber@newstote.com


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