The ice on Meredith Bay is shown on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's predicted snowfall and this weekend's annual Fishing Derby. DAN SEUFERT
Yet another snowstorm disrupts schools, government
The Governor's annual speech had been scheduled to precede a full House of Representatives session today at 10 a.m. But the House announced Tuesday that the speech and the House session have been postponed until Thursday at 2 p.m.
The House leadership said legislative business scheduled for Thursday morning will occur as published in the House calendar. House committee meetings scheduled for Thursday afternoon or later will be rescheduled to a later date. The state Senate, meanwhile, will proceed as scheduled with several committee meetings and hearings on Wednesday.
Gov. Hassan issued this warning on Tuesday: "With heavy snowfall of up to an inch of snow per hour expected during the height of (the) storm, I strongly encourage Granite Staters to take every precaution on the roads and follow all traffic and safety alerts, and to limit travel if at all possible. State agencies will liberally allow leave for state employees who determine that they cannot safely travel to work, and we will work throughout the storm with Department of Transportation and Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials to support local communities and provide updates as needed."
When the storm is through, it will have dropped a foot or more in much of the state, Brown said.
"Up near Coos County we're probably looking for 10 inches, and then it drops off as you get closer to the Canadian border; it's a coastal storm," he said.
Many experienced ice anglers have strap-on ice cleats, but thousands who will be pouring onto the ice this weekend around the lake will just be wearing boots.
"The snow will make me feel easier, I have two little ones coming this weekend," said Martin's girlfriend and bob house mate for the past 10 years, Heidi McCarter of Meredith.
But this storm will likely dump lots of snow on the ice, which, after it is packed down, will make walking much safer than it has been.
"The timing of the snow storm is perfect, just in time to give us some walking snow but not enough to bother people trying to get here Friday," he said. "The conditions will be perfect."
* Leave extra time to get to destinations;
* Allow safe driving distances between vehicles;
* Keep vehicle fuel tanks at least half full;
* Limit road travel during the storm to allow public works crew to clear and treat the roads.
Additional information, including safety and preparedness tips, is available at nh.gov/readynh.