Video above by Jeffrey Hastings/Frame of Mind Photo
MANCHESTER, NH – A long, steady snow blanketed much of New Hampshire Tuesday, with Hillsborough County proving to be hardest hit north of coastal Massachusetts in snow inches, according to the National Weather Service.
If this turns out to be the worst blizzard of 2015, we will be fortunate. A few more inches of snow is forecast for Thursday night into Friday according to the Weather Underground.
NWS volunteer Weather Spotters reported 32 inches of snow in Hudson, 3o in Nashua and Litchfield, and 24 in Milford.
With several days of advance warning for residents to prepare for an “historic and destructive” blizzard on Jan. 27, the fluffy snowfall, while significant, did not create any widespread disaster scenario – despite plenty of disaster preparations, including an emergency shelter at the former Manchester Police station on Chestnut Street.
As of 8:30 p.m. the Public Service of NH map reflected one customer outage, in New Boston.
School remains closed Wednesday Jan. 28 as road crews will continue to plow and clean up the streets overnight. That decision was made Monday by city and school officials in advance of the storm.
Many businesses made the decision to close for the day Tuesday to insure the safety of employees and respect Gov. Maggie Hassan’s warning for people to stay off the roads for non-essential travel. Snow began falling in the Manchester area around 8 p.m. Monday and was still falling 24 hours later.
Most troubling for residents, perhaps – based on social media reaction, at least – was the decision to close State liquor stores and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shops for the day.
Photographer Jeffrey Hastings spent the day on patrol and captured the aftermath of a dramatic accident on Huse Road involving someone who was struck by a vehicle as they were shoveling snow. Hastings said a car traveling south on Huse veered off the right side of the road and struck a man shoveling his driveway, propelling him onto the hood of the car before throwing him about 25 feet from where he was hit.
No other information was immediately available from police about the incident, however Hastings said the shoveler appeared to suffer multiple injuries.
Residents are reminded that a citywide Snow Emergency remains in effect until noon on Wednesday, January 28, which means no parking on city streets.