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Mount Washington Auto Road closes after record snowfall

  • The staff at the Mount Washington Observatory saw record snowfall over mother’s day weekend 2017.   Courtesy—

  • AP fileThe snow-covered peak of Mount Washington soars above fall foliage, as viewed from Jefferson, N.H., in October 2012. A growing list of environmental and recreational groups are coming out against plans to build an upscale hotel a mile from the mountain's summit. They argue the hotel will hurt the viewing experience and damage the fragile Alpine environment

  • Mount Washington is seen in the distance of a 2007 file photo.


Associated Press
Monday, May 15, 2017

The rain that fell in Southern New Hampshire over the weekend turned into 33 inches of snow on Mount Washington, a record total.

The Mount Washington Weather Observatory recorded 38 hours of continuous snowfall over the weekend totaling 33.3 inches of snow.

The storm set records for the largest snowstorm ever in May on the highest mountain in the northeast, and the most accumulation in a 24-hour period in May with 22.9 inches.

All the snow forced the closure of the Mount Washington Auto Road. Crews planned to reassess whether the road can open Monday afternoon.

After a chilly start, temperatures are expected to warm into the 80s for most of the state by Thursday.