Oct 30, 2016 5:44 PM
5 years ago today, snowstorm brought 2 feet of snow to parts of NH
Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters were in the dark, after a rare October snowstorm dumped 1 to 2 feet in many areas.
Trick-or-treating was postponed or even cancelled in many towns. Schools were closed and the massive task of cleaning up thousands of downed trees and wires buried by the weight of heavy, wet snow was underway.
Near the seacoast, relatively warm ocean air limited accumulation to a manageable 3 to 6 inches near the water.
However, amounts quickly built up inland, with areas from Nashua north and west receiving over a foot of snow.
Manchester was buried by about a foot and a half of moisture-laden snow. Concord received over 20 inches.
Remarkably, parts of the Monadnock Region received over 2 feet, with a "jackpot" of 31 inches in Jaffrey!
This amount of snow would be enough to cause issues in the middle of winter. Such an early-season event with leaves on the trees made for a damaging combination.
Widespread tree damage and even more widespread power outages resulted. Some communities were entirely left in the dark. At one point, 315,000 New Hampshire customers were without power.
This storm was part of a series that brought devastating power disruption to the Granite State.
December 2008's ice storm remains at the top of the list, with 437,000 outages in New Hampshire. A nor'easter in February 2010 with wind gusts over 60 mph resulted in 230,000 power outages. Another heavy, wet snow event on Thanksgiving in 2014 resulted in 230,000.
We'll be closely watching for any storms with heavy, wet snow in the coming weeks. Trees have been weakened in our drought. While this event was unprecedented, it may not take as much snow as usual to cause damage as long as leaves remain on the trees.