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FRANKLIN – The storm that’s hitting the state hard is full of “borderline” snow that is not as slippery as it could be in the Lakes Region, according to public works officials.
Most towns had all of their plows out by late Thursday afternoon, preparing for commuters.
“We’re out in full force,” said a state District 3 Department of Transportation official at the DOT office in Golford.
“Knock on wood, we have a pretty good handle on the situation.”
Franklin’s director of municipal services, Brian Sullivan, said the traffic was minimal in the area in the afternoon.
“It’s coming down heavy but there’s not a lot of traffic, and we are thankful for that,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said the temperature – about 25 degrees in the region – has the snow in a borderline state between warmer, more slippery snow and colder snow that is more easily dealt with.
“This snow has that funny texture, it’s deceptive, it can be very slippery but it’s not that really slippery snow,” Sullivan said.
The type of snow determines what road maintenance crews drop for treatments, he said. If the temperatures were warmer, near 32 degrees, “anything we dump would be washed away,” he said.
This snowstorm called for salt and liquid calcium Thursday afternoon. The liquid calcium helps the snow melt more quickly once it hits the road, Sullivan said. Sand was being used on back roads and in slippery areas, according to public works officials in area communities.
“It’s supposed to come in two waves, one today and another overnight,” Sullivan said. “It may get to the point where it’s coming down so hard we can’t keep up with it, but I don’t think that will happen.”
“We’ll keep going until it stops,” he said.
A few accidents were reported in the area. At 11:29 a.m., and accident was reported on Interstate 93, with a car reported in the median of the highway. At 12:30 p.m., a car reported rolled over in Suncook Valley Road in Gilmanton. At 1:13 p.m., an accident was reported on I-93 in Tilton, north of the rest area.
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