- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is dealing with a second major snowstorm in a week. Last week, a storm dropped more than 2 feet of snow in southern parts of the state, shutting down government and closing schools. There were more school closings Monday, legislative hearings postponed and a snow emergency declared in cities like Nashua, which got over 33 inches last week.

WHY BOTHER, GROUNDHOG?

Snow accumulations of up to 14 inches were forecast in the southern part of New Hampshire on Monday. By 6 p.m., unofficial totals from the National Weather Service showed 13 inches in Greenville, 11 inches in Marlborough and Deerfield, more than 10 inches in Greenland and almost 10 inches in Nashua. Several cities and towns had more than 7 inches. The North Country was forecast to get 4 to 8 inches of snow. The state Emergency Operations Center was monitoring the storm.

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HOW LONG?

The storm was expected to head out of the state in the afternoon. State Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer said the longer people stay at work on Monday, “the better off they’ll be.” He called the light, fluffy snow, “great ski-resort-type snow,” but said blowing snow was a problem on the roads, boosted by strong winds and limiting visibility.

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PLOW TRUCK HELP

Crews were cleaning up snow in Henniker using plows loaned by the state and surrounding towns, three days after a fire destroyed its plow fleet. Town Administrator Christine Trovato said some people even volunteered to use their own vehicles to help clear snow and while she appreciates the offer, the work would “be a little rough on their trucks” and the town is managing with loaners. The fire is believed to have started in the engine of one of the trucks in the town’s garage.

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NOT AGAIN

The city of Nashua declared a snow emergency as of 8 a.m. Monday, to last through Tuesday morning. City Hall was open, but authorities advised people to stay off the roads if they don’t need to be out. Residents were advised to expect a lengthy cleanup and not expect regularly plowed sidewalks to be tackled until Wednesday.

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TRAVEL

Unlike last Tuesday, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport remained open, but with many flight cancellations Monday morning and afternoon.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

There’s a possibility of snow showers and light snow in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

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QUOTEABLE

Nick Drouin, 28, a financial consultant in Manchester, New Hampshire, said he had no trouble getting to work. There was a bit of traffic, but the snow was fluffy and he took it slow.

“A lot of other folks in my office are not in today due to the weather,” he said. “I completely understand it, but my personal preference is I love to work, I want to work.”

He didn’t have much sympathy for anyone complaining about the snow.

“It’s just one of those things. You prep for it,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Rik Stevens and Holly Ramer in Concord contributed to this report.


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