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Frigid temperatures add to storm's impact
David Zaitsev, right, helps Artem Gaponov, both from Manchester, get sand from the city yard, during Thursday's snowstorm. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
At one point, Interstate 93 in Bow was closed due to multiple accidents.
Sgt. Michael McQuade was sitting in his cruiser along Interstate 95 north when a tractor-trailer and a car collided nearby, State Police Lt. Chris Vetter said.
The cruiser sustained significant damage.
By mid-afternoon, Vetter said State Police from Troop A in Epping had responded to nearly 40 accidents or vehicles that slid off roads in the slippery conditions. The bulk of the incidents occurred on I-95 and Route 101 and in many cases resulted from motorists traveling too fast for the slick conditions, he said.
Frigid temperatures in the single digits across much of the state made treating the roads difficult for many town plows and the 700 state plows.
Kimble said it's not common to have a storm with such frigid temperatures because there's usually little moisture in the air to create snowfall during extremely cold weather.
Forecasters said a combination of near-zero or below zero temperatures and winds gusting 20 to 30 mph would create wind chills of 30 below in the north to 20 below in southern areas Friday.
Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan said officials were planning to keep a close eye on Friday's high tides.
The biting wind and blowing snow didn't stop others from swinging by Hampton Beach to snap a few pictures.
"Whenever there's a storm like this, we like to come and see what's happening," she said with excitement.
"They're braving it. We just figured it would be slow because of the storm, but it far exceeded (expectations). I think people are coming in today because they don't think they're going to get out Friday," said Mark Owens, store manager at the Stratham Market Basket.
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