- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - More light, fluffy snow was falling in much of New Hampshire on Monday, the latest in a series of storms piling it on this winter. Here’s a look at how the latest storm is affecting the state:

PRECAUTIONS:

The state’s Emergency Operations Center reopened at 6 a.m. to monitor the storm. It also was open Sunday, but it was quiet. Speeds were reduced to 45 miles an hour on the highways. Hundreds of schools and other programs were closed for the day. At the Statehouse, the Legislature canceled House committee hearings. Many communities declared a snow emergency, banning parking in down areas.

Liberty Utilities warned residents to keep gas meters clear of snow; it mentioned two previous incidents in which a front-end loader was moving piles of snow and struck a gas meter, causing a natural gas leak; the leaks were repaired.

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HOW MUCH:

As with the previous two snowstorms, southern portions of northern New England were expected to get hit hardest. About 10 to 15 inches of snow was in the forecast for southern New Hampshire. By 3 p.m. Monday, 14 inches had fallen in Winchester, New Boston had nearly 10 inches and hard-hit Nashua had 9 inches.

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BUDGET BUSTING:

The steady run of winter blasts has already sucked up over 70 percent of New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation winter maintenance budget.

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ACCIDENT:

State police say a Department of Transportation plow truck was clearing Route 101 early Monday when it pushed snow and ice over the side of an overpass and onto a truck on the Everett Turnpike below, shattering the truck’s windshield. Police said the driver was shaken, but did not suffer any injuries.

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TRAVEL:

The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was open, but a number of arrivals and departures were canceled Monday.

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WHAT’S NEXT:

More snow is in the forecast for Thursday. Amounts weren’t immediately known.

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QUOTABLE:

“I’m really getting sick of the snow. It’s relentless.”

- Matt Beauregard, owner of the Capital Deli in Concord’s downtown district.

“The plow comes and pushes it on our walkway, from the walkway they put it back on the street and it’s back and forth like a game.”

- Bogdan Panaitescu, owner of Suddenly Soupy’s on Hanover Street in Manchester, where the heavy snowfall is making it harder for patrons to get inside.

“We live in New Hampshire. If you want to live where it snows, you’ve got to deal with it.”

- Jay Bloxham, general manager of Castro’s Back Room cigar shop on Elm Street in Manchester, who spent the morning shoveling the walk.

“We’ve had a lot of snow where it comes down fast, so it’s hard for them to keep up on it, but I think they do a great job considering.”

- Tarey Warnock, stepping outside her office at McLane law firm in Manchester for a quick break.

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Associated Press writers Kathleen Ronayne in Manchester and Rik Stevens in Concord contributed to this report.


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