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November 07. 2012 4:27PM

Nor'easter to bring mixed bag, gusty winds to NH

An early season Nor'easter is expected to bring a mixed bag of snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds to New Hampshire Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The storm that could bring another round of scattered power outages is expected to move into the southern part of the state by 6 p.m. with snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches and mixing with sleet and freezing rain on the Seacoast, said John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Snow amounts will drop off farther north and west, Cannon said.

The precipitation is expected to switch over to rain along the immediate coast, but could remain as a mix inland, he said.

The mixed bag could also result in a coating of ice that could make for slippery travel, but Cannon said forecasters aren't expecting major icing problems on trees and powerlines.

Winds will also begin picking up, with gusts up to 50 mph at the coast and about 40 mph inland.

The combination of strong winds, wet snow and a light icy glaze could bring down some branches and cause scattered power outages, he said.

The storm could also cause some minor beach erosion, but Cannon said coastal flooding isn't expected to be a problem.

The storm comes a week after Hurricane Sandy pounded the state with rain and strong winds that knocked out power to more than 200,000 Granite Staters.

With the threat of more wind, some utilities were once again warning customers to prepare for possible outages.

Liberty Utilities, a natural gas and electric utility based in Salem, activated its emergency storm plans, which include bringing additional line and tree crews to the area to restore power quickly in the event of outages.

“With the pending Nor'easter storm approaching later this afternoon and evening, Liberty Utilities has activated its emergency plan in preparation for any storm-related power issues,” Victor Del Vecchio, president of Liberty Utilities in New Hampshire, said in a statement. “While this storm will not have the impact Superstorm Sandy did on the region, cold temperatures, wind, and either rain or snow may affect areas with already compromised trees.”

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