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A Portsmouth DPW plow passes down Congress St. on Sunday afternoon.

Feb 8, 2015 8:00 PM

Portsmouth braces for another winter storm


PORTSMOUTH - As yet another band of snow passes through the area, back-to-back winter storms has crews at the Portsmouth Dept. of Public Works plowing around the clock.

The latest sock of snow from Mother Nature started Saturday night, and is expected to continue to impact New Hampshire through Tuesday.

It's presenting a domino effect for crews trying to keep roadways open and safe for drivers.

"We made a lot of progress getting the streets cleaned up - sidewalks cleared, but just in time for some more snow," said Deputy DPW Director Brian Goetz.

Goetz said a parking ban went into effect Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. so that crews could get a head start.

The historic, small roadways and side streets can present extreme challenges when it comes to snow removal. Officials say it's imperative drivers follow the ban.

"The road can't be cleared out enough to make space to get that snow back and be ready for more snow," Goetz said. "And also to clear out and make more room for parking in the future days."

At Jenness State Beach in Rye, multiple surfers were out in the chilly ocean water despite air temperatures in the single digits plus a wind chill.

"Don't know how he's doing that - it's probably super freezing in there," said Josh Elliott, who was visiting the beach with his family.

But surfers told NH1 this is something they do regularly throughout the winter - although today presented some tough visibility and rough conditions.

"It actually feels a little warmer than in the air," said Liam O'Neill.

O'Neill said he tries to take his board out at least once per week throughout the winter months.

"[It's] a lot of white and grey everywhere and you're just kind of flying by the seat of your pants as you're going, just trying to look for the right line to try and get past everything," O'Neill said.

The storm is expected to bring pockets of snow that could total up to anywhere from 18"-24" on the seacoast according to NH1 Weather Anchor Jenna Abate.


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