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December 22. 2013 9:35PM

Storm fizzles but potential for icy roads remains high

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire safety officials said that while an ice storm forecast to hit the state this weekend never fully materialized, residents could face slick road conditions during the Monday morning commute.

Although there was rain throughout the state and some light snow reported in the North Country, there were scattered reports of icy road conditions Sunday afternoon in the north country, and no ice-related power outages.
 
The National Weather Service has an ice storm warning through noon on Monday for parts of Northern New Hampshire, including Berlin and Conway.

A three-car accident was reported Sunday on Mammoth Road, at the intersection with Kendall Pond Road, at 5:10 p.m. Slick road conditions were a factor, police said. Gregg Champlin, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said staff at the state Emergency Operations Center in Concord monitored forecast updates and temperatures throughout the day. The Operations Center was activated Sunday to level two, which is one step above everyday operations.

"We're trying to stay ahead of the curve and closely monitoring this," Champlin said. "As the storm progresses through the night, people should use caution and be aware there could be slick conditions as the temperature drops."

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) announced it was closing its emergency operations center around 6:20 p.m. Sunday, and returning to normal operations.

"Weekend forecasts had called for up to one-half inch or more of ice in some areas of the state, creating the possibility of significant power outages," said PSNH spokesman Michael Skelton. "States to the east and west of New Hampshire experienced significant icing and damage, leaving tens of thousands of customers without power in New York and Maine. We will continue to monitor the weather forecast and are ready to respond if conditions change."

PSNH ramped up its preparations for this weekend by tapping into additional crews and resources from its Northeast Utilities sister companies, NSTAR, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, and Connecticut Light and Power.


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