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Snow spreads across NH; many schools closed

Staff and Correspondent Report
December 12. 2017 12:28PM
Traffic moves slowly heading south on Interstate 93 as snow picks up in Hooksett. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Phillip Cote cleans off his SUV as snow starts accumulating Tuesday morning. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

A snowstorm Tuesday made New Hampshire roads slippery and closed hundreds of schools across the state.

Many districts canceled school for the day, particularly in the northern and western parts of the state, where the snow was expected to be heavier and up to 10 inches was expected.

Schools in Concord, Keene and Laconia were closed for the day. Schools remained open in Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth.

Besides many Granite State school children who got the day off, the snow was making the state’s ski-area operators smile, said Karolyn Castaldo, communications and marketing manager at Ski NH, an industry group that represents 34 alpine and cross-country resorts in New Hampshire.

Although only the true “diehards” were out on the slopes Tuesday, Castaldo said, the new snow would make for great conditions later in the week.

“We’re still getting reports from our ski areas but several have already reported that they received five inches of snow,” Castaldo said.

Numerous accidents snarled highway traffic throughout the day, with crashes reported on the Spaulding Turnpike, the F.E. Everett Turnpike and Interstates 93 and 89. Speed limits were reduced to 45 mph on those roads by the state Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service in Grey, Maine, was predicting 4-8 inches of snow in the southern and eastern parts of the Granite State, with snow turning to rain for a time during the afternoon. The weather service predicted higher snowfall to the north and west, where temperatures were expected to remain colder throughout the day.

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