- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy snow fell across northern sections of the Northeast yesterday, capping a December of unusually heavy snow.

More than a foot of snow fell in central New Hampshire, the National Weather Service said, and the Albany area got 11 inches from late Sunday to midmorning yesterday.

Albany International Airport canceled two early morning flights, and getting to work was a chore for drivers elsewhere as the snow continued to fall.

Some sections of major highways in New Hampshire were covered with several inches of snow at the start of the commute and police reported many spinouts and crashes.

On some New Hampshire side roads, drivers had to slow to a crawl because the fluffy snow was higher than their bumpers and flowed up onto their hoods and windshields, causing personal whiteouts.

Snow blew sideways in Augusta, Maine, and flakes accumulated to as much as 7 inches deep in some southern sections of the state, falling at a rate of up to 1.5 inches per hour, the weather service said.

Nearly 6,700 Central Maine Power customers were without power, utility officials said.

The storm added to an already snowy month in the region.

In New Hampshire, Concord had 11 inches by 7 a.m., tying its December record — 43 inches in 1876 — then surpassed that record as snow was still falling several hours later. Elsewhere in the state, Wolfeboro and Boscawen got 13 inches.

In Maine, it was the snowiest December in more than a decade. The weather service said the Bangor area had more than 34 inches for the month as of Sunday, compared with a normal December total of about 13 inches. Only 2½ inches fell in the area last year. Nearly 51 inches of snow had fallen in the Caribou area of northern Maine, compared with the normal 25 inches.

Albany had its seventh-snowiest December since 1795 as yesterday’s snow brought the December total to at least 31.1 inches, more than double the average of 12.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

A second storm is expected in the region today, delivering up to 9 additional inches of snow to higher elevations in upstate New York.

“A good portion of the Northeast is going to get in on this second storm,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Frugis in Albany.

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