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Spring arrives, as does more snow

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 20. 2014 9:05PM

MANCHESTER — Spring officially sprung Thursday, although any physical signs of it remained buried under yet another fresh layer of snow.

The storm overnight dropped as much as 14 inches in parts of Carroll County, which was a welcome sign in the North Country that ski season will not be ending any time soon.

In other parts of the state, several inches of fresh snow, followed by warm afternoon temperatures, left a wet mess and a reminder of the unpredictability of weather in New England.

“Normally we’d be seeing crocuses growing outside at this point,” said Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. “It’s a later spring than it has been recently.”

According to the National Weather Service, Tamworth received the most overnight snow with 14 inches and North Conway had 13½. Laconia received 9½, one inch more than Meredith. Ashland in Grafton County received 12½ inches, Holderness one foot even and Plymouth had 11 inches.

Northfield and Danbury led Merrimack County at 8.7 inches.

Snowfall in southern New Hampshire was much less and temperatures in southern areas reached the 40s Thursday, which was warm enough to melt whatever the plows didn’t catch on the street, but had little effect on the snowbanks that have been building over the past few months.

Hawley said temperatures were expected to drop below freezing again overnight, followed by another day in the 40s on Friday. Then, another cold snap will come rolling across the Granite State.

“Early to mid-next week is back to the deep freeze after a couple of days of milder weather,” Hawley said.

That could mean more snow, but Hawley said it is too early to tell.

Meanwhile, the lingering snow pack is becoming a concern as April approaches. Temperatures will eventually return to normal, which could lead to flooding if it gets too warm too quickly.

“It looks like we’re going to go into April with a deep and moisture-laden snow pack,” Hawley said.

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