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February 03. 2014 10:25PM

Snow coming in again, and again


The Hudson Department of Public Works plow truck fleet loads up with sand in preparation for threatening weather. (COURTESY)

Better keep the shovels handy.

After a brief break in the snowy pattern, another storm is taking aim at New Hampshire and is expected to bring 6 to 12 inches of snow to central and southern areas beginning early Wednesday morning.

"It's pretty much a run of the mill storm for the area," said Chris Legro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Winter storm watches were issued for all but Coos County, where less snowfall is expected.

Legro said a low pressure system moving out of the Tennessee Valley will head northeast and slide just south of southern New England.

Snow is expected to begin by around 4 a.m. Wednesday in southern areas and will likely continue into Wednesday evening, Legro said.

Morning commuters may see 2 to 4 inches of snow in southern New Hampshire by the time they hit the highways with about an inch of snow for commuters in the north.

Legro said the Monadnock region will likely see the highest snowfall totals, with up to a foot expected, while 8 to 10 inches will fall on the Seacoast. The amounts will taper off farther north.

Wednesday's storm may be followed by another storm arriving Sunday or early next week.

"It's certainly an active pattern we're settling into here," Legro said.

An active pattern isn't what local highway officials want to hear as they keep a watchful eye on their budgets.

At the moment, Kingston Road Agent Rich St. Hilaire said he's not too worried about his snow plowing budget after a snowy December because he just started using his new budget for 2014.

The new budget went into effect Jan. 1 and includes $75,000 for snow plowing, $60,000 for salt and 10,000 for sand, St. Hilaire said.

St. Hilaire said the tricky part of budgeting is making sure to save enough money to handle the winter weather when it returns in November and December.

"We'll see what happens. I can always move money around in the summer to make up the difference," he said.

Hampstead Road Agent Jon Worthen said he's also working with a new budget, but had to purchase sand because he was running low.

"Usually I wait to get it in the fall," he said.

Storms in January required more sand than Worthen had anticipated.

"It's those little one-inch storms that are a pain in the neck," he said.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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