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No snow problem for Primary; 'We've had elections in much worse'

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 08. 2016 8:21PM
Campaign worker Alex Richmond spreads salt on the sidewalk in front of the Village Trestle prior to a Marco Rubio stop in Goffstown on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Election officials are confident New Hampshire residents won’t let a fresh coat of snow keep them from voting Tuesday in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

While the storm wreaked havoc in southern New England on Monday and gave New Hampshire plenty of winter troubles, conditions were expected to improve in time for Granite Staters to carry on the state’s 100-year-old primary tradition.

“We’ve had elections in much worse weather,” Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said. “It looks like it’s going to be wrapping up by the morning and we expect that the roads are going to improve rapidly through the day. We really don’t think it’s going to have much of an impact on turnout.”

Snow showers are expected to linger today.

“There won’t be a traditional clearing after the storm moves by, but any accumulation from the snow showers will be much less,” said John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The storm arrived on schedule in the Granite State Monday with steady, fluffy snow moved around by gusting winds. Visibility was more of a concern than the accumulations, which were expected to top out at 8 inches in coastal areas. Predicted accumulation for inland areas was 3 to 6 inches.

Michael Todd, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Safety, said there was a Monday afternoon conference call with local emergency management directors and other agencies just in case anyone had concerns about the weather affecting Primary Day voting.

“I think things will be well in hand by then and will continue as normal,” Todd said.

The weather prompted Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina to change venues for a town hall meeting in Concord Monday night. The event was to be held at the University of New Hampshire Law School, which was closing early because of the weather. The event moved from the Rudman Center to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

Cannon said the Seacoast did experience some flooding on Monday and more could come today.

The storm whipped up blizzard conditions in southeastern Massachusetts, especially the Cape Cod area.

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