UPDATE: Nashua, Washington residents killed in separate crashes
The beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday travel period was marred by two fatal accidents on Granite State roads Wednesday morning.
In Wolfeboro, a 60-year-old Nashua man died after apparently suffering a medical issue while he was driving a dump truck on Center Street around 10:12 a.m. and crashed into a house.
According to police and fire department officials, the victim, Normand Levesque of Nashua, was driving northbound on Center Street when he succumbed to a sudden medical condition, which caused the truck to drift across the center lane, travel approximately 300 feet, and hit a home at 854 Center St. No one was injured inside the house, owned by James and Wendy Nelson, and officials described the damage to the house and the truck as minor.
Responding police and fire personnel found the truck had come to rest against the home and the driver was slumped over in the cab. Fire-rescue personnel removed Levesque and transported him by ambulance to Huggins Hospital.
The Wolfeboro Police Department continues its investigation of the crash. Police and fire-rescue crews were assisted at the scene by Stewart's Ambulance, New Hampshire State Police and a Wolfeboro building official.
In Hillsborough, Tha Beckwith of Washington was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Route 31 just after 9 a.m. A girl riding in the car was taken to Concord Hospital with what police called non-life-threatening injuries. Police said it appears the car struck a tree due to icy road conditions at the time.
Bands of heavy rain moved through the state during the morning, but for most, the power stayed on. Utility companies reported about 100 customers around the state without power at 10:15 a.m.
Despite heavy rain and strong winds this morning, officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport report few flight delays.
As of 1 p.m., airport spokesman Tom Malafronte reported that only one flight was canceled today, due to weather-related issues at the airport in Newark, N.J.
"The delays are few right now, and what ones we have seem to be centered around flights to Philadelphia and Newark," said Malafronte. "And those delays are dropping as the weather clears up. It's a ripple effect, because the conditions aren't too bad here in Manchester."
Malafronte said crews are ready to conduct de-icing operations on planes and runways tonight if the temperature drops below freezing. He expects the weather to be clear through the rest of the holiday weekend.
An estimated 50,000 travelers will pass through Manchester-Boston Regional Airport over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
For the rest of the day, the National Weather Service forecast includes rain throughout the day with patchy fog in some areas. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 42 degrees by 5 p.m. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph, and between 1 and 2 inches of rain is possible.
Tonight, rain showers are likely before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. The low temperature tonight is expected to be around 24 degrees, with a west wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.
For Thanksgiving Day, the National Weather Service is predicting a mostly sunny day, with a high near 30 degrees. The day is expected to be breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 44 mph.
(Free-lance correspondent Larissa Mulkern and Union Leader reporter Paul Feely contributed to this story.)