MANCHESTER — The second significant snowstorm led to an epidemic of accidents on state highways Tuesday.
But holiday travelers were bracing for the real surprise on Thanksgiving Day as temperatures will drop the lowest levels since last spring, forecasters said.
Wind chills on Thursday in parts of the state will be well below zero, officials warned.
In response, organizers moved up the time for the Turkey Bowl football game at Gill Stadium in Manchester between Manchester West and Central High Schools from Thursday morning to tonight at 6.
“With zero or subzero temperatures, no one wants to be standing on the sidelines on Thursday morning,” said Central High School Coach Ryan Ray.
Another annual holiday football game between Keene and Monadnock Regional High Schools was canceled due to a number of factors including the frigid forecast, officials said.
This Cheshire County sports tradition will resume in 2019, Keene school officials said.
The other holiday football game will go off as already planned tonight in Stellos Stadium at 6 between Nashua North and South High Schools.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the northbound part of Interstate 293 was closed for a brief time in the morning after a large box truck and at least two other vehicles crashed into one another at about 10:30 pa.m.
The lanes were reopened about 45 minutes later and there were no injuries reported.
Officials reported personal injury accidents on Interstate 93 in Canterbury.
Flights in and out of the Manchester Boston Regional Airport were running mostly on time Tuesday, officials said.
According to the national weather service more than 15 communities had received at least four inches of snow from this storm. Deerfield led the state with 7.6 inches followed by the northern section of Pembroke with 6.8 inches while Wolfeboro and Middleton each had more than six inches each.
Eversource, the largest electric utility in New Hampshire, reported 2,700 of its 530,000 customers without electricity in the early afternoon.
By 5:30 p.m. that number in the dark had dropped to just under 250, officials said.
Many schools in southern New Hampshire held classes, including the largest school district in the state, Manchester.
School Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas said road conditions were fine for the beginning of school and there were no reports of ice accumulation or freezing rain.
“Students were able to get to school safely, and on the other end it looks like they will get back home safely,” he said shortly after noontime.
There is no school for the rest of the week, and Vargas has been critical about the short school year in Manchester.
Manchester has only 175 days of instruction, and the school district does not make up the first five days lost to snow.
Vargas said safety is the “primary determining factor” he uses to make his decision.
He also said he received very few complaints about his decision to hold school on Tuesday.
He said individual schools will handle students whose parents are late to pick up students because of travel challenges.
“Of course we are ready to handle them. At the end of the day, we are in New England. This is part of the New England weather experience,” Vargas added.