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May snow leads to power outages in parts of NH

Staff Report
May 14. 2017 8:05PM
Branches weighed down by heavy, wet snow in Washington. (National Weather Service photo)

Mother's Day brought a late-season snowfall to southwestern portions of the state and to higher elevations in the Lake Sunapee area, although the precipitation had changed to rain by mid-day in most areas, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

The heavy, wet snow on tree branches brought down power lines in an area from the Monadnock region to the Upper Valley.

Accumulations of six to seven inches were reported in the Nelson, Sunapee and Washington areas.

Eversource reported 648 customers still without power as of early afternoon, with outages in the southwestern part of the state, in a line extending from Enfield in the north to Marlborough in the south.

The largest number of outages, 336, was in Stoddard, where 27 percent of Eversource customers were affected. Other towns significantly affected included Nelson, Springfield, Washington and Newport.

Heavy rainfall is predicted to continue through this afternoon. Rivers are forecast to remain within their banks, but urban and poor drainage flooding will be possible.

Mount Washington got a foot of snow on Sunday, with 4 to 6 inches more forecast for overnight.

According to Weather Service records, the latest measurable snow on record for much of New Hampshire occurred on May 26, 2013. Before that, the last measurable snow on record was May 26, 1967.

New Hampshire generally sees the last frost of the season between May 10 and May 20.


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