Jan 27, 2015 6:07 AM
Blizzard of 2015 barrels into NH after quiet overnight
Call it the calm before the blizzard.
As the Blizzard of 2015 barrels down on New Hampshire, the state came through a relatively quiet overnight.
But the storm intensified this morning and Gov. Maggie Hassan will brief reporters at 10:15 today at the Emergency Operations Center.
Hassan will then visit the Department of Transportation Patrol Sheds in Bow and Hooksett.
Residents heeded Hassan's warning to get off the roads unless you had to be out. State Police reported no serious accidents on the roadways.
"If you plan to travel, safety experts are predicting you perhaps may be stranded in some very cold temperatures,'' Hassan warned.
And power company officials said there were no outages during the night.
But early this morning, Public Service Company of New Hampshire reported there were 670 without power in Alton, Farmington and New Durham.
The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative had another five homes without power in Gilford, New Durham and Alton.
NH1 Chief Meteorologist Clayton Stiver said he would be reducing the snow totals for central portions of the state.
"Concord is still in the 10- to 14-inch window,'' Stiver said.
There were reports of snowfall as heavy as 3 inches an hour with Nashua already having 9 inches on the ground.
By 7 a.m., the highest totals were 12.6 inches in Windham, 11 inches in Hampton and 10 inches in Merrimack.
In Massachusetts at 7 a.m., the jackpots were Shrewsbury and Littleton with 18 inches apiece.
The peak wind finding at sunrise was 78 miles per hour on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket.
But Stiver said the heaviest of the snow in New Hampshire will conclude around noon today.
"It will continue snowing and we could see some heavy bands in the afternoon but the unrelenting part of this blizzard will end around noon," Stiver said.
Stiver said he is adjusting the totals downward in parts of the state.
"We are moving the 18- to 24-inch band down closer to the coast and the Massachusetts border,'' Stiver said. "The band from Nashua to Salem to the Seacoast will get the most from this. The storm is trying to push northwest so we'll continue to monitor this."
Stiver said the snowfall total will peak here at 2 feet.
"I would be really surprised to see any community in New Hampshire getting 30 inches out of this storm,'' he added.
The Seacoast emerged pretty unscathed from the first high tide of this blizzard just after 4:30 a.m. today. The next high tide is at about 5 this afternoon.
At least 1,000 schools, day care facilities and other programs closed while Hassan shut down state government except for essential staff working to fight the storm.
Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said his agency sent out its full complement of 700 trucks.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport canceled flights among the 7,700 that were called off across the Northeast.
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